Twilight of the Romanovs : A Photographic Odyssey Across Imperial Russia Hardback
"Twilight of the Romanovs" opens a door onto the world of pre-revolutionary Russia in original photographs taken during the last decades of Romanov rule.
They include many remarkable colour images created using an early three-colourplate technique; these bring the remote past to life with an especially vivid jolt.
We discover a world of exceptional diversity, seemingly timeless, almost archaic, marked by persistent poverty, yet also abundantly rich and often surprisingly modern.
These photographs are snapshots of a vanished world.
The Russian Empire was soon to be destroyed, and, in the ensuing blood-soaked decades, rendered unrecognizable.
Yet these images reveal a surprising continuity: despite the subsequent cataclysm, faces, postures, buildings and landscapes still resonate with those who see them a century and more later.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 248 pages, 360 illustrations, 114 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/03/2013
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780500516683
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Review by briandrewz
I was completely disappointed with this book. With a title like "Twilight of the Romanovs" and the cover photo showing some actual Romanovs, I would expect this book to be about the Romanovs. I was sadly mistaken. The book hardly touches on them and is instead, a photographic record of Russia at the time. Highly deceiving title.