As well as recognizing the pre-restoration buidlings, many Uzbek Journeys clients will be familiar with Prokudin-Gorsky's photos from his 6-year travels in the Russian empire from 1909. That trip had been commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II, who also provided a railroad-car darkroom. Those photographs are often displayed in Uzbek museums.
|Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky (second from left) waiting in vain for a break in the clouds to observe a solar eclipse from Central Asia’s Tien-Shan mountains on January 1, 1907|
The 1907 trip was to observe a solar eclipse from Central Asia's Tien-Shian mountains. Mr Chapple's text, captions and Prokudin'Gorsky's images are reproduced below.
Several years before he was famously commissioned by the tsar to photograph the Russian Empire in color, chemist Prokudin-Gorsky set off on an expedition to what is now Uzbekistan to observe a solar eclipse.
The weeks-long trip failed in its main goal after cloud cover blocked any glimpse of the eclipse, but the journey was not a lost cause. With his German-made camera that enabled vivid color images to be produced, Prokudin-Gorsky explored the backstreets and ancient centers of Samarkand and Bukhara, capturing photographs unlike any that had been taken before.
Prokudin-Gorsky’s first trip to Central Asia was for the abortive 1907 attempt to record the solar eclipse, the second and third were in 1911 after he received backing from the tsar to photograph the Russian Empire.
|Bukhara's interior minister with a ceremonial sword|
Ernst Cohn-Wiener Collection: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan 1924 - 1925
Paul Nadar's Images of Turkestan 1890
Strolling Through Samarkand in 1930
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