Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Color of 1910

This rare series of photos was taken 100 years ago in Tsar Nicholas II's Russia.  The photographer took triplicate black and white photos, in quick succession, each with a red, green, and blue filter.  The resulting color photographs seem incredible to modern eyes, trained to see the distant past in different tones.

I have to admit that, though I always knew it was ridiculous to imagine the past appeared any different to the present, these photos have a jarring effect on me.  Remember that these were shot before the Russian Revolution, and the First and Second World Wars.  The full series can be found HERE.

(h/t 3QD)

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