- Publisher: Doubleday (September 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385271581
- ISBN-13: 978-0385271585
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,562,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photographs for the Tsar: The Pioneering Color Photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II Hardcover – September, 1980
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The subject matter is fairly prosaic. The images are postcard views of rustic villages, broad rivers, wooden dams, happy peasants at work and at leisure, exotic Caucasian and central Asian tribespeople in colorful native dress, lots of onion-domed churches and shrines. Prokudin-Gorskii meant these pictures to show the pageantry and glory of Mother Russia.
Today, they are painful reminders of a world that has been smashed forever. The peasants would die in the Great War, or starve in the postwar famines, or butcher each other in the Civil War, or be executed in the Red Terror. The public works would go to ruin due to the incompetence of the commissars who would run them after the bourgeois engineers had been eliminated. The colorful tribespeople would be exiled. The churches would be looted and demolished. The peaceful meadows would be paved over by ill-conceived, gigantic heavy industrial plants. The villages would be burned by civil war and foreign invasions. Seeing all these images which look like they were taken yesterday, and knowing the fate that awaited their subjects, is quite an experience.
Contrast this book to another book of pre-war Russian color photographs, _Leonid Andreyev, Photographs of a Russian Writer_. His vision is much more personal, but no less poignant.
2 continents. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii is parellel to Rembrant in the photography world. His skills here
produce a work of art on every page. He captures the heart & soul of the people & the countryside. I have a hand-colored photo
from my younger days & the artist, if not the same Mr. Prokudin-Korskii, has copied him or was directed by him
to produce a perfect photograph using the same technique. A must for a series photographer. BRAVISSIMO!
Beautiful book with beautiful pictures and it allows the pictures to speak for themselves.
I was aware of Prokudin-Gorskii and the his collection of photographs in The Library of Congress archive. But it was nice to see some of them in print form in this book. Not all of the pictures from the collection are in this book, but a good number of them are.
I gave this book as a present to my parents. They liked it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the few times I returned a book right away. The printing on my copy was so bad that I couldn't bear it to look at it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Irene Fuerst
This is a fascinating and beautiful look at the pioneering color photography of S. M. Prokudin-Gorskii, who traveled around the Russian Empire in 1909 and fixed forever its colors,... Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by S. Smith-Peter
this book gives an interesting history of the photographer and the photographs are large and there are a lot of them. Fascinating subject matter and history.Published on April 6, 2014 by cucs