Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky: In Search of True Color

Russian scientist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (previously at Neatorama) was a pioneer in color photography, and his lush, brightly-colored images of imperial Russia from more than a century ago still amaze us. Prokudin-Gorsky achieved his color images by shooting each image three times, each time with a different color filter on the camera. What the casual viewer doesn’t know about these astonishing images is how much work went into producing each one. For every photograph Prokudin-Gorsky considered worth publishing, there were many more that didn’t live up to expectations.

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The images Prokudin-Gorsky published are often different from the ones we see today. His original negatives are still available, and photographers and color scientists recreate the stacking of the negative images with modern tools like computers to produce even richer colors than Prokudin-Gorsky did. How he ever got the images he was proud of is a testament to his own skill and patience. Read about Prokudin-Gorsky’s technique at the Public Domain Review. -via Damn Interesting

Source: neatorama

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