Perm. Headquarters of the Ural Railway Administration


From 1909 to 1912, Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) made several trips to the territory around the Ural Mountains, where he photographed railroad installations, factories, and urban scenes. Shown in this 1909 photograph is the headquarters of the Urals Railway Administration in the city of Perm, built in 1888–92 to an eclectic style by I.A. Bykhovets. This imposing building is located next to the Perm I train station (the city’s oldest), completed in 1878 by Bykhovets, and partially visible on the left. The two buildings were connected by an overhead passage. The administration building now houses the Perm Institute of Rail Transportation. Beyond, factory smoke pours from a complex of red brick industrial buildings that served as the maintenance center for the Urals Railway. In the background are the heights known as City Hills. This area is located near the bustling waterfront of the Kama River, one of the main tributaries of the Volga. Prokudin-Gorskii used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of his photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire.

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Пермь. Дом управления Уральских жел. дорог

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: September 28, 2016