Arirang Festival, North Korea, in the world’s largest stadium, with 100,000 people performing. That is not a typo. Photo from Trek Earth.
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 of North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, a place where it’s rather difficult to come by photos because it’s sealed off from the rest of the world. And although their dictator, Kim Jong Il, passed away recently, there’s no reason to believe much will change any time soon.
And in a country where homes have speakers that blare propaganda early each morning and you are thrown in the slammer for sitting on a newspaper that has a photo of their “beloved” dictator or contacting the outside world, maybe we could at the very least wish their citizens well this holiday season.
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.