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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
Group of Jewish children with a teacher. Samarkand (Gruppa evreiskikh mal'chikov s uchitelem. Samarkand)
1 negative (3 frames) : glass, b&w, three-color separation
24 x 9 cm
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Prokudin-Gorskii photograph collection, Call Number/Physical Location: LC-P87- 8066 [P&P] LOT 10338, Library of Congress Control Number: 2018680204, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prokc-21861 (digital color composite from digital file from glass neg.) LC-DIG-prok-11861 (detail of digital file showing single frame from glass neg.) LC-DIG-prok-01861 (digital file from glass neg.) LC-DIG-ppmsc-04442 (digital color rendering from digital files from glass neg.)
Caption label from exhibit of digital copy in "The Empire That Was Russia" (2001) Ethnic Diversity: Jewish Children with their Teacher. Samarkand, an ancient commercial, intellectual, and spiritual center on the Silk Road from Europe to China, developed a remarkably diverse population, including Tajiks, Persians, Uzbeks, Arabs, Jews, and Russians. Samarkand, and all of West Turkestan, was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the middle of the nineteenth century and has retained its ethnic diversity up to the present. Prokudin-Gorskii captures here a group of Jewish boys, in traditional dress, studying with their teacher.