Bamboo Workshop. Chakva


Shown here is a bamboo workshop in the village of Chakva in the territory of Georgia, in the Caucasus. The workshop is housed in a brick building of elegant early 20th-century Viennese design. The Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) used in the shop was grown near Chakva. Native to China and Japan, bamboo was brought to the semitropical region along the Black Sea for use in making furniture and other household objects. The Chakva area also was known for its tea plantations. The southern Caucasus was taken by the Ottoman Empire in the first half of the 16th century. In the 19th century the Russian Empire expanded into this area, including the southern region of Adjara, which became known for its resorts near the major port of Batumi. 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. He traveled to the Caucasus in 1905 and 1910.

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Бамбуковая мастерская. Чаква

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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