As I mentioned, every once in a while, I’ll link to something that I think you’ll find fascinating, whether it’s camera equipment or photos. This time, it’s photos. And this feels almost like time travel. Note that I said “almost”; it’s without that slightly nauseous, disorienting feeling one gets from time travel.
These are some amazing hundred year old photos of Russia, all in color, all from the Library of Congress! I know…all of us thought that everything was in black and white a hundred years ago. But the high quality of the photos as well as the vibrant colors make it seem as if these were taken recently, not before World War I or the Russian Revolution.
At this point, you may be asking, “Hey…that was a long time ago, but these look *incredible*! How were they photographed?”
Turns out that photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a pretty bright apple who figured out how to create images in color by shooting three different negatives, using either a red, green, or blue filter, photographing them in fairly rapid sequence. He then recombined them, showing them in color through a projection system using the same three filters. Read about it in more detail here.