After perusing the books that are waiting to be added to our
photography library at Foam, I found something quite special.
'Nostalgia' - a voluminous collection of colour photographs
depicting Czarist Russia mostly between 1909 and 1915.
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) was a chemist
and photographer. Between 1909 and 1915 Prokudin-Gorskii took on a
systematic journey to achieve his ultimate goal; to document all of
Russia in colour photography. His life's work can be considered one
of the earliest examples of travel photography.
Prokudin-Gorskii wasn't the first to use colour photography in
his time, his greatest technical achievement in photography however
was his ability to take colour photography out of the lab and into
the field. He used colour-sensitive glass plates in order to
achieve the luminous colours that we can still enjoy today.
It is really fascinating to dive into Russia's history and see
it all in colour. An emir wearing a very turquoise robe, women in
their traditional dresses, mosques in Samarkand decorated with
tiles in rather exquisite patterns and colours. It really opened my
eyes to a past long gone.
The book is on display in Foam's library, which can be visited
upon appointment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To consult the collection's database, please visit: http://www.fotografiebibliotheek.nl