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Public domain This work is in the public domain in Russia according to article 1256 of Book IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation No. 230-FZ of December 18, 2006.

It was published on territory of the Russian Empire (Russian Republic) except for territories of the Grand Duchy of Finland and Congress Poland before 7 November 1917 and wasn't re-published for 30 days following initial publications on the territory of Soviet Russia or any other states.

The Russian Federation (early RSFSR, Soviet Russia) is the historical heir but not legal successor of the Russian Empire.

If applying, {{PD-old-100}} should be used instead of this tag.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

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This is one of the earliest color photographs in existence and was originally taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii as part of his work to document the Russian Empire. It was taken using three black-and-white exposures, with red, yellow and blue filters respectively, long before color photographic printing existed. The three resulting images were projected using color filters to create a color projection.

More recently, the Library of Congress has scanned Prokudin-Gorskii's work and contracted with other firms to produce high-resolution color images from the black and white scans. See the The Empire that was Russia exhibit.

This file is in the public domain; it was taken from the Library of Congress website. The Library of Congress published the following "Rights and Restrictions Information" (http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/res/237_prok.html):

Publication and other forms of distribution: Permitted. There are no known restrictions on the use of these images. The issue of copyright was not addressed during the purchase of the collection from Prokudin-Gorskii's heirs in France in 1948. French law is unclear as to whether the heirs own any rights. However, they have expressed concern about "commercial use" and alteration or manipulation of the images. As a courtesy to them, the Library is supplying interested researchers with the following contact information:
Mr. Jean Swetchine (grandson)
"Olivia," 105 rue Anatole France
F 92290 Châtenay Malabry
E-mail: swetchine.jean@wanadoo.fr
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

US-LibraryOfCongress-BookLogo.svg This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID prokc.{{{1}}}.
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