Russian Empire in the XIX Century

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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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Farmers sick with typhus. 1891-1892 .

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Senior priest. 1897.

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Travelers on their way to the monastery in Sarovsk.

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Old ladies in a hermitage. 1897.

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Hospital church in nunnery.

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Monastery monk. 1897.

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The same monastery. 1897.

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Nizhny Novgorod.

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Traditional Russian fight – fisticuffs. Nizhny Novgorod.

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Nizhny Novgorod.

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Two sisters. Cabaret singers.

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More cabaret singers.

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Trade fair in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Spring flood in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Fishing net drying. Volga river. 1894-1904

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Volga river. 1894-1904

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Kirghiz dwelling. 1894.

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Some landscapes. 1894.

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Types of Old Believers.

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More types of Old Believers.

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The famous Russian Seliger lake.

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City Market in Semionov. 1897.

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Volga river.

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Types of Old Believers.

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Some fishermen.

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Oka river.

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Wooden spoon manufacture.

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Alexandrov bridge over the Volga river.

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27 thoughts on “Russian Empire in the XIX Century”

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

    • 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.

    • “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

      • 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.

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

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