The three peasant girls were shot by the Russian photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky in 1909, who was renowned for taking the only known color photo of Leo Tolstoy, in 1908. This photo has no fancy effects, no Photoshop and no tricks at all. It was was taken using the Harris Shutter Effect, which occurs when a frame is re-exposed in red, green and blue filters. The Harris shutter is a strip device with three color filters, invented by Robert S. “Bob” Harris of Kodak.

To obtain a color photo, the subject was photographed several times in the same position, just changing the color filters. The colors look a little bit saturated, but the result is pretty incredible for those times.

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