These vintage photos were shot by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky who was one of Russia's most famous photographers as well as chemists. He was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II to take photos of him and his family because of the richness of the color in the photos was undeniable. His portrait of Leo Tolstoy was one of the most famous picture ever taken in that era in Russia, mainly because the author ended up dying 2 years later and that photo was used on postcards, newspapers, etc. All the photos below date back to the early 1900's. Most are from his trip to Uzbekistan. Richness in color and culture. Check it out.