Slideshow Shows Russia Before Communist Revolution

Slideshow Shows Russia Before Communist Revolution

Ever wonder what socialism really does to a country as the decades pass by? Well, in this stunning photo series, images capture how beauty and individuality are slowly stripped away by socialist reforms. This is extremely painful.

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, a renowned photographer and scientist, spent about a decade documenting the Russian Empire prior to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

The results were compelling images of a world that would soon cease to exist.

In 1909, according to The New York Times, Czar Nicholas II of Russia met with the photographer, inviting him to take photos of his home.

The photographer was also a chemist and had been developing techniques to produce color photos.

After that meeting, Prokudin-Gorskii went on an expedition throughout the empire to photograph the various facets of Russian life before the revolution.

It doesn’t look like an oppressive place.

His images are captivating, many of them featured in this U.K. Express article, and show just how beautiful Russia was before a socialist set of ideals stripped the vibrancy away from this once-colorful land.

“In 1948, the Library of Congress bought the remaining photographic materials from Prokudin-Gorskii’s heirs. At the turn of the millennium, the library exhibited a number of the photographs as ‘The Empire That Was Russia,’ and has since made the digitized versions of Prokudin-Gorskii’s work available for free online,” Mashable wrote.

In contrast, this is how Russia looked after socialism had corroded it from the inside out. Bleak…

This is what happens when you take a theory that seems like it could work in the abstract, and apply it to the real world. Russia soon experienced widespread famine and forever lost the beauty that Prokudin-Gorskii photographed.

Let this be a lesson to us all.

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