18 Retro Tour to Turkmenistan

Retro Tour to Turkmenistan

Posted on October 24, 2011 by


These are some old color photos of Turkmenistan taken in 1912. Join us in this retro-tour!


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18 Responses to “Retro Tour to Turkmenistan”

  1. Mr. Fox says:

    Colors look like that of 80s, 90s cameras. :)

  2. Mr. Fox says:

    Colors like that of 80s 90s camera.

  3. too much vodka says:

    Incredible in what bad conditions the historical buildings were.

  4. George Johnson says:

    Does that crazy guy still rule here? The one that changed the names of the days to his relatives names? Changed a whole lot of stuff like that, just nuts.

  5. yojimbo says:

    The color is not original they did not have color film back then.There was a process used at the time where they added in colorization but it is not the same as a true color photo.And in these photos it looks like the post colorization was done some time after the photos where taken maybe in the late 30’s to early 50’s.

    • Hirsh says:

      Not going to try to vouch for the authenticity of these photos, i don’t know their history, but there were certainly methods of taking color photographs by 1907 (as opposed to someone colorizing a B&W photo).

    • Hirsh says:

      BTW you are right that they didn’t have color “film” back then. But Autochrome plates were available by 1907, as well as other methods of photographically / chemically capturing the color information in a scene (i think that is what you meant). Anyway i would love to know more about these particular photos and how they were made.

      • Trox says:

        If these are from Prokudin-Gorsky, they are three-color separations – three glass plates, each exposed through a filter, one blue, one green, one red, then projected all together to recreate the full color image. See the US Library of Congress website loc.gov for a bunch more, and a good explanation of the process.

  6. Hirsh says:

    Such old color photographs are cool to see. I wonder which early color process was used to develop them? And the camera used?

  7. BitemeIamtoxic says:

    Very interesting. Love the head diapers.

  8. fjmcasas says:

    yojimbo, the explanation of the wikipedia about Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky is very bright, It looks true color, three diferent filters mixing then.

  9. Sam says:

    Judging by the outfits and architecture, the majority of these pictures is from Uzbekistan, a neighboring country,

  10. LOL says:

    This is TURKESTAN, not turkmenistan

  11. Mister Twister says:

    I don’t believe these are from 1912.

    Also, that photo at the end: WTF

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