20th Century Russia in Photographs: 1900 to 1917

The Tsar's Bell in the Kremlin, 1910

The Moscow Times’ Anna Malpas writes, “In a picture from 1907, an eager crowd gathers on a cobbled street of Petersburg to see Russia’s first car show, a small boy in knickerbockers racing across in a blur of excitement. In others, bonneted women admire the first electric lighting in a shopping arcade and pilots wheel out a Bleriot monoplane to take part in a 1910 air show.

“But despite these signs of technological progress, abject poverty is never far from the camera’s lens. Headscarfed women wait in an endless line at a pawnbroker’s and bums fight outside a night shelter, whose Dickensian walls are painted with the slogans: “No drinking vodka, no singing songs, behave yourselves quietly.”

These are the images from a new coffee-table book, “20th Century Russia in Photographs: 1900 to 1917,” a very turbulent period in Russia. The state-run gallery Moscow House of Photography has been collecting and cataloguing historically interesting photos from the last century as part of a far-reaching project to chronicle Russia’s history.

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[Via: Moscow Times]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.