Drying of Nets on Lake Kariakino


In the early summer of 1910, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) photographed in the Ostashkov area of Tver Province. This view shows fishing nets hung to dry on the shore of Lake Koriakino, situated on the Valdai Heights. Across the lake to the right is Koriakino village (which today is no longer inhabited). The village was located near a spring that flows into the lake and exits it as the Dvinets River. The Dvinets then enters Lake Okhvat, considered the source of the Daugava River (also known as the Western Dvina). The Daugava flows 1,020 kilometers through the northeastern part of Belarus before entering Latvia, where it empties into the Gulf of Riga. The grassy sward at the lake shore is flanked by pines and fir. On the right is a stand for a campfire. This area is some 40 kilometers south of Lake Peno (also photographed by Prokudin-Gorskii), which is considered one of the sources of the Volga River. The marshy forest terrain on the Valdai Heights thus gives rise to two of Europe’s major rivers. Prokudin-Gorskii used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire. 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 different parts of the empire.

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Сушка сетей на озере Карякино

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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: October 3, 2016