Village of Rodina. Chusovaia River
This is a fleeting tranquil view of the rural village of Rodina (“Motherland”), located on the right bank of the Chusovaya River near the present-day village of Chusovoy. The Chusovaya originates in the southern Urals, flows some 590 kilometers to the northwest, and empties into the Kama River near the city of Perm. Rodina consisted of several large log houses, most of which displayed white decorative window surrounds. In this scene, plank walkways lead to the river’s edge, where children are slightly visible on the right. In the middle is a garden enclosed with a fence. The photograph was taken in 1912. Within a few years, rural Russia would be caught up in a vortex of change that led to the disappearance of many villages such as Rodina. 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 made several trips to the large territory around the Ural Mountains. In 1912 he traveled along the Chusovaya River as part of an expedition to western Siberia via the Kama-Tobolsk Waterway.
Title in Original Language
Деревня Родина. Река Чусовая
Type of Item
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: July 9, 2015