Cornflowers in a field of rye

by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii

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Artist Statement

"One of the most compelling appeals of Prokudin-Gorskii’s work is his pioneering use of color photography. Where many photographers of the time might have created hand-colored lantern slides on glass (for public presentations), Prokudin-Gorskii shot his glass plate negatives in triplicate, with three color filters. When projected all at once in overlay through corresponding filters, the images appeared in vibrant color. Printing was a more complicated issue, and few prints were actually made. It’s likely the photographer built his own camera in order to make simultaneous exposures. He also made prints in sepia tone, an equally emphatic aesthetic gesture. 20x200’s Cornflowers in a field of rye and Siren use a digitally combined color image from the Library of Congress, which owns the archive, carefully corrected and printed." — Read more from Lyle Rexer on the blog >>

Why We Love It

The artist used triple-frame black-and-white negatives with three exposures through color filters (one red, one blue, and one green) to create photos that could be printed in color…The result is reality dialed up—deep greens, crisp whites, and scene-stealing blues in one close-cropped pastoral scene. The magnetism of the cornflowers and blurred vignette style are almost hallucinogenic in their appeal. Cornflowers in a field of rye isn’t just a visual record of the Russian countryside, but an aesthetic exercise (and achievement) in its own right. Read more on the blog!

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta

Edition Structure:
8"x8" | edition of 10
11"x11" | edition of 200
16"x16" | edition of 25
20"x20" | edition of 10

Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii

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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