It was Prokudin-Gorskii’s keen interest in the possibilities of photography that spurred him on a trip to Central Asia at the very end of 1906. His goal was to photograph a solar eclipse that made news all over the world, including the United States. In September of 1906, the New York Times wrote, “The next total eclipse of the sun takes place on Jan. 13, 1907, and will be visible in Central Asia. The best region for observing the eclipse is available by means of railways recently constructed in Russian territory. On this railway and about two-thirds of the way from Tashkent to Samarkand lies Jizah, only a few miles from the exact line of central eclipse.” Prokudin-Gorskii is pictured second from left in a fur hat.

 

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