Prokudin-Gorskii, Sergei Mikhailovich. Family in Yurt, Central Asia. 1 negative (3 frames) : glass, b&w, three-color separation. Library of Congress, Prokudin-Gorskii Collection.

The Lost Empire: Photographer to the Tsar

Lower Gallery

Visitor’s Guide

The remarkable photographs of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii offer a haunting glimpse into a lost world—
the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.  With the support of Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled throughout the vast reaches of the Russian Empire, carefully documenting its people, architecture, landscape and industry.  Using an innovative camera of his own design, Prokudin-Gorskii captured subjects in vivid color.  TMORA presents 23 stunning images, borrowed from the Library of Congress, in a custom-designed light installation.

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