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Journeys Through the Russian Empire: Photography and the Art of Survival

An online lecture by Dr. William Brumfield

In this program, we will venture into the extraordinary convergences between Dr. Brumfield’s work and Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs. This lecture will consider connections to the fate of the Romanovs and Russian empire, uncovering photography’s ties to historical narrative, architectural heritage, resilience, and preservation.

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About the Speaker

William Craft Brumfield is Professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University. Brumfield, who began photographing Russia in 1970, is the foremost authority in the West on Russian architecture. He is the author, editor, and photographer of numerous books, including Journeys through the Russian Empire: The Photographic Legacy of Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky , Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North and Lost Russia: Photographing the Ruins of Russian Architecture, published by Duke University Press. Brumfield is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. In 2002 he was elected to the State Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, and in 2006 he was elected to the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. He is also the 2014 recipient of the D. S. Likhachev Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Russia. In 2019 he was awarded the Russian state Order of Friendship medal—the highest decoration of the Russian Federation given to foreign nationals—for his study and promotion of Russia’s cultural legacy. Brumfield’s photographs of Russian architecture have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums and are part of the Image Collections at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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Image credit: TRANSFIGURATION SOLOVETSKY MONASTERY, WEST PANORAMA IN SETTING SUN. Photograph by William Brumfield, July 25, 1998.