Serving the Lord in Russia

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Russia in Color - a Century Ago

It is interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912.  In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II.  He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green, and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.  The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.  Here are just a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948.

So here are a few pictures in Russia 100 years ago and how I have labeled them in 2011.

Sister Sorenson teaching at Zone Conference.

President Sorenson contemplating his next move.

Elders working on visual aids.

Our home at Rosinka (Rosinka is the gated community where we live.)

Our last Sisters' Conference.

President Sorenson at Zone Leaders Council.

Homes down by the lake at Rosinka.

One of our districts' P-Day activity.

Doing some Metro contacting.

President and Sister after 15 months in Moscow.


1 comment:

  1. First off, these are gorgeous images! Beautiful work by this photogragpher. I LOVED your commentary on each--hillarious, especially the last one! Ha ha!