Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pictures of the day

From the good people at the Library of Congress comes a series of photographs from Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, a man who went around Russia photographing it from 1909-1915 on the orders of Tsar Nicholas II. What's so noteworthy about is is he used a camera he designed that took three photos of a subject at the same time using red, green, and blue color filters with were recorded on glass plates. When the plates were combined with a special projection system they produced full color photographs. The LOC has gone through and digitally scanned all the plates and has put together representations of what the projection would have looked like. The Empire That Was Russia.

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