Color photos of Tsarist Russia

A Russian photographer used a complicated method to create color photographs way back before the Communist revolution.  The photos of Russia under the Tsar, dating from 1909-1912, are quite stunning, reminding us that history consists of real people, just like us.  See Russia in color, a century ago – The Big Picture – Boston.com.

 

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  • Oh wow, this is absolutely fascinating! As an aspiring photographer, I had to scrutinize each photo for mistakes (mostly because I wanted to know how long the exposures would take). In one of the photos, a man moved out of frame before the three photos were done being taken. In the same photo, a man moved his hand from his cane to scratch his nose. 🙂

    It really is startling to see people from a century ago looking nearly as crisp and colorful as if being photographed nowadays. I had no idea that such a color process existed that early.

  • Oh wow, this is absolutely fascinating! As an aspiring photographer, I had to scrutinize each photo for mistakes (mostly because I wanted to know how long the exposures would take). In one of the photos, a man moved out of frame before the three photos were done being taken. In the same photo, a man moved his hand from his cane to scratch his nose. 🙂

    It really is startling to see people from a century ago looking nearly as crisp and colorful as if being photographed nowadays. I had no idea that such a color process existed that early.

  • The Jones

    That is simply unbelievable. I am blown away by the quality of these pictures. It’s also amazing to look at how much these people look like real people that we come across every day. I wish we had more of these from more places.

  • The Jones

    That is simply unbelievable. I am blown away by the quality of these pictures. It’s also amazing to look at how much these people look like real people that we come across every day. I wish we had more of these from more places.

  • Dan Kempin

    A fascinating glimpse of history that looks like it was snapped yesterday. It is fascinating to note just how much the automobile has changed our world.

  • Dan Kempin

    A fascinating glimpse of history that looks like it was snapped yesterday. It is fascinating to note just how much the automobile has changed our world.

  • Awe. Some.

  • Awe. Some.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    These are so nice, it is hard to believe that they are real.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    These are so nice, it is hard to believe that they are real.

  • Great pictures.

  • Great pictures.

  • Somehow the photographer took several shots through different colored filters–red, green, blue, etc.–and then combined them, making a color photograph.

  • Somehow the photographer took several shots through different colored filters–red, green, blue, etc.–and then combined them, making a color photograph.

  • @1. Right, Catherine. Back then, you had to sit still for many minutes for the photograph to take (which explains the dour expressions in many of the old photos). In this picture of the children, some of them are blurred because some of the children were wiggling, a universal trait of kids in all time periods and cultures!

  • @1. Right, Catherine. Back then, you had to sit still for many minutes for the photograph to take (which explains the dour expressions in many of the old photos). In this picture of the children, some of them are blurred because some of the children were wiggling, a universal trait of kids in all time periods and cultures!

  • sg

    Lovely pictures.

  • sg

    Lovely pictures.

  • Kirk

    In Soviet Russia, picture colors you!

  • Kirk

    In Soviet Russia, picture colors you!