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    Level 2 User Gleno's Avatar
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    Default In Revolutionary Color

    "Russian photos taken a hundred years ago look like they were taken yesterday.

    The twilight of the empire was a time of transition in Russia. With industrialization, class lines were starting to blur, and dissatification with the czar was spreading. Capturing the ethos of that movment was Sergei Mikahailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, whom Czar Nicholas II had named as the royal photographer during his final decade on the throne. Between 1907 and 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii rode through even restricted parts of pre-revolutionary Russia in his specially fitted dark-room rail car, shooting color photos (a technology still in its infacy) by a method of his own invention. He took three consecutive photographs of his subjects with three separate filters--red green, and blue-- and then combined them into full color projections, thereby capturing a huge range of architecture, infrastructure and people. After the czar was murdered in 1918, Prokudin-Gorskii fled Russia with 22 crates of glass plate and eventually settled in France, where he died in 1944. The Library of Congress bought his plates shortly after his death, but it wasn't until the advent of digital imaging that it could restore them, a process finished in 2001 and exhibited online here:"

    Pretty spiffy!
    Last edited by Gleno; 09-07-2009 at 05:55 PM. Reason: fixed a typo
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    Level 3 User Doomed's Avatar
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    those were pretty sweet.
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
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