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17 Incredibly Rare Color Photos Of Tsarist Russia

A Russian photographer used a special technique to capture color photos from before the Revolution of 1917.

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Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) was a Russian photographer who undertook an abitious project of documenting the Russian countryside and people from 1905–1915. He used a method of creating color photography where 3 separate color plates were layered over the original. The photos show a fascinating glimpse into Russia on the eve of the 1917 revolution.

See the full collection of over 2,000 images at the Library of Congress site, or selections on their fantastic Flickr page.