Among the surviving masterpieces from the earliest days of color photography, Prokudin-Gorskii’s collection is one of the most impressive. Well acquainted with the achievements of European photographers, Prokudin-Gorskii devoted his career to the advancement of color photography in Russia.

Using a small spring-operated camera of his own design, he took a series of three monochrome pictures, each through a different colored filter. With a special lantern projector, he later reproduced the original picture in full color. Prokudin-Gorskii also developed a glass plate coating that was sensitive to the entire color spectrum and therefore was able to capture color images of exceptional quality.

Camera and Cassette, Adolf Miethe ca. 1906, December 1906. Fotograf-Liubitel 17, no. 12: 5

Camera and Cassette, Adolf Miethe ca. 1906, December 1906. Fotograf-Liubitel 17, no. 12: 5