Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

December 20, 2008

Posted by Nick Sarno


Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) was a Russian photographer who, with a permit from the Tsar, documented the Empire just before the First World War and the following revolution. He developed a process which took a series of monochrome pictures in rapid sequence, each through a different colored filter. By projecting all three pictures using correctly colored light, he could reconstruct the original color scene. He experimented with colored prints, but the technology at the time made it impossible and no actual photographs were ever produced. 


It wasn’t until the advent of digital image processing that the multiple images could be satisfactorily combined into one. 


A link to his Wikipedia entry can be found here. Images are below.




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