20 thoughts on “People of the Imperial Russia”

    • Years and years ago, you didn’t smile for two reasons. One, long exposure times. You had to keep very still, often for several seconds or upwards of a minute — maybe even more. Two, it was a rare thing and a serious thing to have your picture made, so you took it very seriously.

  1. my grandpa and great aunt are russian and i see bits of their faces when i look at these pictures. comforting and beautiful!

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