Get This ParTea Started

Gruppa rabochikh na sbori︠e︡ chai︠a︡. Grechanki. [Chakva]

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii redefined photography in the early twentieth century because of his ability to depict people’s lives during the Russian Empire, all while documenting it through a lense. His representation of Russian life was extraordinary and unique, however, it was dumbfounding because it exposed the hardships and realities that most Russians faced on a daily basis. His eye and perception allowed for readers and observers to vision what was happening in Russia.

This specific photo shows the every day life of women in Russia. Whether it was working and harvesting in the fields or working around the house, these women had no easy task. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii took this photo of these Greek women, harvesting tea in the fields behind them. Their facial expressions are what most intrigue me about this photograph because of the blank, oppressed look they all have on their face. This image astounds me because of how young these children look; from about seven or eight years old to about fifteen, children are put to work at an early age in order to financially help their families. The girls are all wearing long skirts and a bonnet-like hat, while the little boys are seen wearing dark, long shirts. It is almost eerie to look at this photograph because you are able to see and almost feel the pain that these children are going through by being forced into agriculture labor.

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