Faces from the Past #16


Pinkhus Karlinsky; Supervisor of the Chernigov flood gates (1909)

4 comments:

estiv said...

What kind of color film was available in 1909? It doesn't look hand-tinted.

matt said...

The photo is by a photographer named Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky and it is actually a composite of 3 filtered black and white images.

There is more about the process at the Wikipedia page about Prokudin-Gorsky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokudin-Gorskii) and a bunch of examples of the color composite pictures at the LOC digital collection about him and his use of the technique (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/f?prok:0:./temp/~pp_owOK:)

estiv said...

Thanks very much, Matt, I'll check them out.

Vanwall said...

These were some of the most vivid and amazing shots ever, anytime. I love perusing that LOC collection - life was much more colorful than B&W photos attest - they had taken over for realistic painting for that period of time, not always a good thing.