One hundred years ago this year, Russian photographer Sergey Produkin-Gorsky (pictured left
) embarked on a project that was to define his life's work - to photograph the vast country of Russia and its peoples in full color
. Yes, that's right color. Before the first commercial air freight flight, before the invention and testing of the tank and even before the sinking of the Titanic, Prokudin-Gorsky created an unrivalled and astonishing color record of his native country.
The process used involved a camera that would take a set of three photographs. These pictures would be monochrome but each picture would be taken using a filter of a different color. When all three monochrome pictures were projected (using light which had to be specifically colored) then the original color scene could be reconstructed.
From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by taliesyn30.