Altai Mountains of pre-revolutionary Russia
Sergei Borisov - a famous Russian photographer, famous for his ethnographic Altai series, which was made between 1907 and 1914.
Sergei Ivanovich was born in 1867 in Simbirsk, in the family of serfs. In the late 1880s he moved to Barnaul, where he began to work in seasonal operettas, learned of photography. Borisov then opened a private studio, which soon became one of the most popular and the largest in the city.
Altai series of photos he created during a photo expedition in the Altai District in 1907-1914 years. During his stay in the Altai Mountains in 1910, the photographer took about one and a half thousands of images were also printed up to 100 scene postcards with views of the Altai, they are portraits of the inhabitants of the region were depicted scenes from the life of the Altai.
From these photos at the same time it was released a series of 50 postcards in Stockholm in the joint-stock company "Granberg" copies in both color and black-and-white image. They recorded ss. Black Anuj, Ulala, Cherga, Elikmonar, Chemal, Ongudai, p. Katun and others Belukha et al., As well as beauty spot Barnaul.
Besides nature, Borisov and photographed and industry Zmeinogorsk, Barnaul, images of which have survived to our time. The photos were published in Stockholm, also a photographer was invited to cooperate in the Paris magazine "Patezhurnal", he held numerous performances with lectures, which talked about the Altai region, while showing off their wonderful pictures in the "magic lantern" (stereoscope) in Barnaul.
SI Borisova photo expedition of the Altai Mountains begins in 1907. Here he writes about it one of the Barnaul newspaper - "The Life of Altai" dated May 9, 1911 .: "In the summer of last year, a local photographer S. Borisov made long trip to the Altai Mountains with the express purpose of photographing it in the largest possible scale, and then to introduce the general public to Altai with the help of a magic lantern. The plan of his survey work in addition to the landscape, which is the main work, were also genre sketches, depicting the life of the Altai natives ... Over time haul made it to 1,000 images for stereoscope and open letters ... Mr. Borisov is going to demonstrate the kinds of 1,000 Altai Mountains from north to south, from east to west ... ". Very fruitful working photographer that summer: he managed to take a picture of the village of Black Anuj, Ulalu, Cherga, Elekmonar, Chemal, Ongudai, p. Katun and its tributaries at a very large extent, bridges and ferries through them. Also S. Borisov made a series of photographs of Mount Belukha, most mountain glaciers and in her neighborhood. He did it by climbing directly up the mountain.
A general view of the village Cherga.
When the photographer returned from the expedition, he immediately introduced barnaultsev with the results of their work. To show the photographs were hand-painted slides, overhead projector purchased. The first demonstration took place on 14 January 1911, the second - January 16, 1911 in Barnaul the People's House. Those wishing to see the beauty of the edge was very much, so in those days was given for 2-3 sessions. Intresno was more because he slides commented Borisov.
Altai shaman with a tambourine on a background of conventional dwellings - chaadyr.
Not only barnaultsy, but also people from other Siberian cities were able to get acquainted with the amazing beauty of the Altai Mountains. In 1911 it was published Siberian commercial and industrial calendar, one of the issues to sketch illustrations "In the Altai" used photos SI Borisov.
For a long time photographing the final result was a black-and-white and colored cards. "The trading house AG Morozov and his sons," "Bookstore VK Sohareva" in Barnaul, a Swedish printing company - "Joint Stock Company Granberg in Stockholm" and many other factories produced and released a large number of cards from his series with views Barnaul and the Altai Mountains.
The desire to capture what he saw, plus the high professionalism of the photographer SI Borisov, make these cards very attractive and extremely nice to us, even after centuries. So unique they are made, that seeing them, you can, as it were, together with the photographer to walk along the narrow mountain paths, to see and to visit a wedding in the Kazakh ail, look at the proud posture Altai, who sits on the horse, or go along with the photographer down the street Ulaly, and in Chemal district chance to meet the first summer residents.
is majestic and mysterious nature of the Altai Mountains SI Borisov, of course, not only awakened the imagination is not very sophisticated Russian traveler, but also calls to collect on their way.
Few pictures in the 1920-1930 biennium. They said that the SI Borisov worked in the "Merge" fotoarteli. Certificate and sign "Drummer Five-Year Plan" at this time was the photographer for their creativity and professional approach to it.
Sergei Borisov - very charming and engaging man who knows a lot about the business, clearly gifted person without any doubt. Throughout his life, Borisov had two favorite hobbies, you can even say passion - photography and theater.
He constantly took part in a charity performance of the Company care of primary education on pupils' performances and evenings. 25 years of stage work Borisov Sergei Ivanovich noted barnaultsy January 29, 1917 g in the People's House.
Then, in the evening, were read commemorative address barnaultsy sincerely expressed gratitude to the selfless toiler, "to serve art, you will always be sensitive to the needs of society and contributed to the success of the last ...". These words join and we are living in the XXI century., Sergei Borisov, as if to stop the moment, preserved and conveyed to us something more than just a picture memory.
Chuiski. On the slopes of boma Kyngrar. Above the confluence of the river Katun River Small Yaloman.
died Sergei Borisov in 1935, he was buried in the cemetery of the Bulygin Barnaul (approximately p. Pivovarki).