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What Was the Russian Type?

Posted on March 13, 2012 by


Check out the collection of photographs of the common Russian people created by several photographers in the 19th century. These photos will help you catch the essence of the common man, a seller, a craftsman or a peasant, living in the country at that time.

Knife-grinder.

There is little information on photographer J. Monstein who worked in Moscow, while there is yet something to tell you about William Carrick, the other photographer.

The son of a timber merchant, William Carrick was born in Edinburgh on December 23rd, 1827. Only a few weeks old, the Carrick family took William with them to the port of Kronstadt in the Gulf of Finland. Andrew had been trading with this port for some time, and the family would stay there for 16 years.

In 1844, the family moved to Saint Petersburg, where William became a student at the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts, studying architecture under the renowned Alexander Brullov. By 1853 he had completed his studies there, moving to Rome to undertake further studies. Although his family’s business collapsed during the Crimean War, in 1856 William Carrick returned to Saint Petersburg to become a photographer. However, in the summer of the following year he departed for Edinburgh to gain more experience of photography. There he met the photographic technician John MacGregor.

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3 Responses to “What Was the Russian Type?”

  1. moo says:

    Nice picture collection.

  2. (r)evolutionist says:

    19th Century Russia: Fertile ground for change.

  3. critter says:

    Who would have know that Russians invented Vans shoes over 100 years ago.

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