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November 8, 2012

Only known color photograph of Tolstoy of the day

Filed under: books — danylmc @ 9:06 am

I didn’t follow the US election too closely, and I don’t have anything interesting to say about the outcome. So here is the only known color photograph of Tolstoy, taken in 1908 when he was eighty years old. When I saw it I thought the photograph looked very modern: the color palate, the slightly saturated light. Then I realised it looks like an instagram picture, so a look I think of is modern is really a digital imitation of a very, very old look.


  1. The denim shirt, the cut of his trousers, and his hipster beard are all very Good As Gold too.

    Comment by Tim Denee — November 8, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  2. Gorskygram.

    Comment by Gregor W — November 8, 2012 @ 9:18 am

  3. Hi Danyl,
    I’m curious about the background (when and where etc, not whats behind teh trees) of the photo – can you remember where it came from ?

    Comment by martin — November 8, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  4. As Gregor W said, Gorskygram. Here you go:

    Comment by Joe W — November 8, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  5. his right foot is not in the photo, forget your metaphors, face shot or whole body no instagram bullshit compromise

    Comment by paul scott — November 10, 2012 @ 1:13 am

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