Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A footnote on Prokudin-Gorskii's colour photographs of early 20th century Russia

Yesterday I posted a short piece on Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs of Russia in the first decade of the 20th century using the three colour process. This morning I remembered a curious relationship between two of these photographs. First, this one:

and then this one:

The women on the right in the second photograph looks very much like the women in the first photograph, but wearing different clothes. Moreover, if you look closely at the tree and branches in the the background of the two pictures, it is very clear that they were both taken in the same location.

I feel there is a story behind the making of these two pictures, and I am so curious to know what it is.


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