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September 17, 2022

Magical Color Autochromes From Pre-Revolutionary Russia Taken By Peter Vedenisov

These outstanding autochrome pictures of pre-Revolutionary Russia were taken by Peter Ivanovich Vedenisov (1866-1937). After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 1888, Vedenisov came to Yalta and settled there, working as a professional pianist, vice-chairman of the Yalta branch of the Russian musical society, founder of the Yalta religious-philosophical society and an avid meteorologist. His greatest passion, however, lay in photography, namely one of the processes of color photography–autochrome.


The autochrome process, discovered in France by the Lumière brothers, Louis (1864–1948) and Auguste (1862–1954), was the first viable color process for photographers. Named for the plates that facilitate colorization, it was the first widely successful option. An autochrome is the result of an additive color process and is a unique photograph—a positive transparency on a glass support—with colors composed of minute grains of potato starch dyed orange, green, and blue-violet.

150 color sheet glasses of Peter Vedenisov made between 1909 and 1914 have been preserved till today.
































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