Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii is remembered for spearheading innovative work in color photography at the turn of the 20th century. After traveling to Berlin to study photochemistry in 1901, Prokudin-Gorskii returned to Russia to a railroad-car turned darkroom sponsored by Czar Nicholas II. He made his way through the Empire documenting the life and landscapes he came across, eventually earning wide recognition throughout Russia, Germany, and France. In 1906, he became the president of the photography department of Russia’s foremost photography journal, Fotograf-Liubitel. Prokudin-Gorskii is best known for his color portrait of Leo Tolstoy, taken in 1908.
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