27 Russian Empire in the XIX Century

Russian Empire in the XIX Century

Posted on September 20, 2007 by


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Maksim Dmitriev was born in 1858 in Tambov province. At the age of 15 he became an apprentice of the famous photographer of that time – M.P. Nastiukov, where he obtained basic knowledge about the art of photography. He became famous at the beginning of the 90-s of the XIX century after representation of the exposition called “Bad harvest in Nizhny Novgorod region”, where he showed ruined villages and sick and starving peasants. With this exposition he became the founder of the photo report genre in Russia.

Rural dining house on the picture above. 1891-1892.

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Tatar dwelling. 1891-1892.

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The house of peasant died from starvation. 1891-1892.


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27 Responses to “Russian Empire in the XIX Century”

  1. yingjai says:

    Alexandrov bridge looks impressive for its time

  2. mac605 says:

    Excellent photos

    • Siberlea says:

      GREAT pictures, Novgorod was a nice city for the time with houses more comfortable than those of the peasants, beautiful bridge and rivers, THANKS

  3. ACiD says:

    great pics, thanx!

  4. ben says:

    Thanks for the pics they were great

  5. erin says:

    interesting post, as usual. makes me appreciate the twin blessings of indoor plumbing and penicillin.

  6. Boris Abramov says:

    Another fascinating window into Russia’s past. Thank you.

  7. John from Kansas says:

    An excellent addition to your photographic chronicle of Russia and its people. Thank you.

  8. Wooshkaboom says:

    Same quality of life as in Russia today, but with less pollution?-D

  9. 7 mile Detroit Killaz! says:

    I want that double headed eagle hanging over the rail yard!

    Oh and tell my roommate to stop using my computer to comment on here.

  10. TeratoMarty says:

    The Alexandrov bridge is very beautiful. But do the priest and the altar boy in Picture 10 look too much snuggy-snuggly to anyone else?

  11. SM says:

    These are beautiful photographs; I was about to send a friend the URL to this page, but saw the revolting comments and changed my mind. This is unfortunate. If the people maintaining this site are interested in a larger readership, particularly by what is called “word of mouth” (someone tells two other people, who each tells two more people, etc) then you should take this advice: delete frivolous, irrelevant and offensive commentary immediately whenever it appears on your site. If you don’t do this, your audience will remain confined to a very small niche, and will never become popular (except among offensive people). The choice is yours.

    • preved says:

      how can you know that?

    • cybersynaptics says:

      This observation is very true, the trolls that hang at this site do it an immense injustice. Some of the content on this site is a great opportunity to share but most of this site is a plethora of untruths and misinformation and that is about which many of the comments are based.

  12. Boo Boo says:

    I will Yogi.

  13. Chococat says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

  14. Kirsi says:

    Thank you for publishing these exellent photos. They are very interesting. This in a culture deed.

  15. Houston says:

    What does the caption “Believers” mean?

    Great pictures and great site…

    ER.com fan from Houston, TX

    • Jane Doe says:

      “Old Believers” are a faction of the Russian Orthodox Church, who in the 17th century separated from the main church in protest against church reforms that they considered bizarre and unnecessary. They were persecuted to varying degrees until 1905, when religious freedom was decreed.

      Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Believers

      • fear says:

        Old Believeres didn’t sparate, the Church separated from them… and started to kill them.. i know, coz i m a Starover. There were in fact little reforms, but wiith a spectacular result.

  16. Houston says:

    Thanks Jane

  17. addd says:

    though i`m russian….fotos are really amazing..)))

  18. Cigarettes says:

    This photos are historical documents.

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  21. mukmika says:

    Even when things were not so good, Nizhny Novgorod region had good looking people. These pictures are a treasure.

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