Mongolia in color – 1913

Two pure genius of photography the russian Sergei Prokudin-Gorski and the french millionaire philantrophist Albert Kahn photographed Mongolia. Prokudin-Gorski photographed Russia and the russo-protectorant Mongolia, Kahn planned to document the whole known world’s countries in colour.

National Geographic magazine published this shot with a description: “A Mongolian woman sentenced to starvation death”, though this box could be used just as a portable prison popular among nomadic people
Two Cossack soldiers representatives of a minor contingent as the symbol of the Russian protectorate
Mongolian hunter
Local noble man
View of mongolian capital Urga (now Ulan Bator)


View of Urga
Prisoners in a mongolian prison


In traditional stock as punishment
Mongolian yurt


Triumphal arch
Buddhist stupas in Urga. From 1634 under the manchu governance spread the tibetian buddhism in Mongolia. After the 250 years opression in 1911 Outer-Mongolia and Tibet in same time independent from China


Just like in Tibet. Lama and stupas

Local married woman
Mongolian Secretary of state


In 2017 the modern capital of Mongolia more than fifty percent of population still living in yurts
Probably Albert Kahn’s caravan. Note the french and russian flag in background



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