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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I'm thinking throw pillows

These 100-year-old color photographs of czarist Russians have been bouncing around the interwebs for awhile. At the beginning of the 20th century, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii traveled throughout the empire in a train car provided by Tsar Nicholas II documenting the country's diverse peoples.

"Using a special technique that captured three black and white photographs in succession, the pictures could then be combined using red, green and blue filters to create realistic color. The result is vivid photographs that look startlingly modern."

Well, that's fascinating and all but look at those textiles. Da-yum!



[The Huffington Post]

10 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Absolutely awesome in every way -- but then again, I'm a sucker for anything with a touch of Turkish/orientalist vibe.
Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

sherri said...

very cool. i want a bathrobe in number two. or perhaps a mrs. roper from 3s company, getup.

Mrs Woog said...

make mine a super-size

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

I have long thought that you and I think alike, Raina.
This proves it.
Show Me the Textiles!! ;)

phillip said...

lol. you're wonderful.

nkp said...

What Phillip said. Except I know it to be true first hand.

Jessica said...

AMAZING!! thanks for sharing!

George Braham said...

There was a Dutch (I think) Photographer called Bernard F Eilers who was using the same technique around the same time and his photos are also gorgeeeous. Theres a few of his around the web as well.

Raina Cox said...

George Braham - Thanks so much for that info, I'm off to investigate...

And welcome to this deliciousness!

Bromeliad said...

Sometimes I think the same thing when I see an unusual fluffy dog - Great throw pillow material.