Land of the Tzars in colour: Fascinating photographs show the people and places of pre-revolutionary Russia
Colour photographs from one of Russia's most famous photographers, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky
Tsar Nicholas II commissioned him with taking photographs after being impressed by a colour portrait of Tolstoy
The pictures, from the early 1900s, show Russia on the brink of the First World War and on the cusp of revolution
By Kate Lyons
PUBLISHED: 02:00 EST, 5 March 2014 | UPDATED: 02:00 EST, 5 March 2014
Amazing photographs, captured in vivid colour, show life in Russia in the early 1900’s as the country stood on the brink of the First World War - and revolution.
Photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was one of the nation’s leading photographers at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy.
The portrait of Tolstoy, taken in 1908, just two years before the author's death, was Prokudin-Gorsky's most famous work and became widely popular and was reproduced on postcards, large prints and in various publications.
Rural scene: A group of people rest in the middle of a field. They have a tea pot and refreshments and look like they have stopped for a picnic or lunchbreak
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