100-Year-Old Color Photos of Pre-Revolution Russia
If you've ever wondered what Russia looked like shortly before the revolution but aren't satisfied with black and white photos, you owe Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii a debt of thanks.
While color film was still years away from development, the chemist-turned-photojournalist developed his own solution to capture the vivid colors of his native home. Using color-filtered glass plates, he photographed a scene in red, then blue, then green and then put the images together to reveal a colorized portrait.
His amazing photographs, most taken from 1909 to 1915, show what Russian life was like for everyone from peasants to noblemen before the country turned to communism.