At the beginning of the 20th century, Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for color photography (see box text below). Inspired to use this new method to record the diversity of the Russian Empire, he undertook a number of projects, one of which involved photographing sites linked to the centenary of the 1812 Napoleonic campaign against Russia. Of particular interest is the work he did during Summer 1911 in the city of Smolensk. The horrific siege of that city in mid-August 1812 was vividly described in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
Smolensk, which was first mentioned in …read more
Source: Russia Beyond The Headlines