Olenevsky skit. Ustavschitsy 1897

The transmutation of the political, industrial, and religious scenario in 19th century Russia was extensively catalogued by photographer Maxim Petrovich Dmitriev. He founded the concept of Russian photo-reporting, a genre that came to be popularized as photojournalism. The remarkable photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries form part of a collection showing the many faces of Russia. Dmitriev made photos of everyday scenes of city life—gatherings at marketplaces, tramps, political upheaval, Bolsheviks, Old Believers, and the Russian Revolution. He honed his skills into the 1880s, observing society at all levels, under the guidance of renowned Russian photographer Karelin. Eventually, not only did his work gain attention and appreciation but played a significant role in increasing public awareness on socio-political and religious issues where prayers and faith made a lot of difference to the well being of society, which in turn influenced government policies.

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