Akhamieny. Pink Rhododendron


This 1905 photograph shows an overgrown rose rhododendron in full bloom in the village of Akhmeny. The town is located in Georgia in the Caucasus. In the background are the snow-covered peaks of one of the mountain ranges that define the region’s terrain. Much of the southern Caucasus became part of the Ottoman Empire in the early 16th century. In the 19th century the Russian Empire expanded into this semitropical area, including the region of Adjara, which became known for its resorts. The image is by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944), who used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s 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 parts of the empire. Prokudin-Gorskii was particularly interested in the southern part of Georgia near the Turkish border. He frequently photographed flowering plants to demonstrate of the ability of his photographic process to capture a range of colors.

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Ахамиены. Розовый рододендрон

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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 http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/prok/.

Last updated: September 28, 2016