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Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky – Russian photographer

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (August 30, 1863 Russian Empire – September 27, 1944 Paris, France) was a Russian chemist and photographer, pioneer of color photography in Russia.
This man devoted his entire scientific talent and tireless energy to one ambitious goal – he wanted to show the beauty and richness of the great country, which was called the Russian Empire, “in natural colors”.
Sergey was born into the family of Russian nobility. Prokudin-Gorsky studied chemistry under Dmitri Mendeleev in the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology. He also studied music and painting at the Imperial Academy of Arts.

In 1889, he went to Berlin, where studied at the Technical University.
In 1901, Prokudin-Gorsky established a photography studio and laboratory in Saint Petersburg.
Sergey was invited to show his works to the Tsar’s family in 1909.
After the revolution of 1917, Prokudin-Gorsky moved to France, where he worked with the Lumiere brothers.
He died in 1944 and was buried in Paris.

Prokudin-Gorsky with his children

Prokudin-Gorsky with his children

The United States Library of Congress purchased the material from Prokudin-Gorsky’s heirs in 1948. In 2001 took place an exhibition “The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorsky Photographic Record Recreated”.
Films about S. Prokudin–Gorsky
2003 – The Tsar’s Last Picture Show for BBC Four (documentary)
2004 – Album for the prince. Photographer S. Prokudin–Gorsky (documentary)
2007 – The color of time (documentary)
2009 – History in color (documentary)
2010 – Russia in color (documentary)
Prokudin-Gorsky in Norway

Prokudin-Gorsky in Norway

The photographer had wonderful taste and travel desires. He had visited many places from Karelia to Bukhara and left for us, huge cultural heritage, hundreds of color photos of excellent quality, which were taken more than 100 years ago.
Among the moss

Among the moss. Between 1903 and 1904

Andrey Petrovich Kalgonov

Andrey Petrovich Kalgonov

Boris-Gleb Monastery

Boris-Gleb Monastery, from the bridge. Russia, the Tver province, Torzhok, 1910

Chained prisoners

Chained prisoners. Russia, Emirate of Bukhara, Bukhara area, 1907.

Preobrazhensky Cathedral

The gate on the south side of Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Tver




london 1919

London. 1919

Novospassky Monastery

Novospassky Monastery in Moscow

Peasant girls

Peasant girls. Russia, Novgorod province, county Kirillov, 1909

Perm 1909

Perm. 1909

Prokudin-Gorsky photo

Savior on Blood

Church of the Savior on Blood – St. Petersburg, Russia


Windmill. Novgorod, Russia. 1909

Yekaterinburg 1909

Yekaterinburg. 1909