Siren (quick-ship)

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 Stog siena 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 pleasures of archives are twofold: discovery and exploration. In life the order is usually reversed: we explore in order to discover. But through 20x200’s two new Vintage Editions, I discovered the vast archive of the Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, and since have had the opportunity to explore its territory. Make no mistake: it is a literal continent. Between 1905 and 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled the empire of Russia and photographed all aspects of it, from its customs and landscapes to its architecture and people. Examining a time capsule of worlds that no longer exist is one of the great fascinations of archives, of course, but as suggested by the two lush images, Stog siena (haystack) and Siren (lilacs), there are other more satisfying rewards here" ... Read more from Lyle Rexer on the blog!


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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted

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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Edition Structure:
11"x11" | edition of 250

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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