In 1909, Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii set out on a three-year photography journey under the blessing of Tsar Nicholas II to capture images of the Russian Empire. Using a specialized camera, Prokudin-Gorskii shot three quick black-and-white shots of his subjects using colored filters. The three images were later combined and projected using filtered lanterns that created near true color images. The vivid shots reveal a fascinating slice of history in a time before the Russian Revolution and World War I.

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