Thursday, September 3, 2009

100 Year Old Color Pictures of Russia

Sticking with the theme of pictures from eastern Europe this week, I stumbled across a really interesting online exhibit of color photos taken in Russia from 1905 to 1916.
The official photographer of Czar Nicholas II's royal court was commissioned to roam the country and take pictures, and it's truly fascinating to see these images from so long ago in vibrant color. I love black and white photography, and certainly that was the norm at that time, but seeing these color pictures really bring that era to life.
The full Library of Congress exhibit of these pictures is viewable at the link - here. Newsweek also has a gallery - here.
Keep in mind as you view, these pictures are not colorized...they're actually glass plate color pictures taken 100 years ago. Here are a couple examples...

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