Between 1907 and 1915, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was the royal photographer in Russia. He rode through restricted parts of the country in his specially fitted dark-room car. He took color photographs by a method of his own invention – which is why the photos are so eerie. How many color photographs have you seen from 1907? He took three photos of the same subject with three seperate filters – red, green, and blue – and layered them into full color photos. The results are incredibly vivid and unbelievably sharp. I cannot stop looking at them. You can see the full slideshow over at Newsweek, “In Revolutionary Color”.
Thank you Lauren for sending this my way!