The exhibition continues a series of monographic surveys of work of the first Russian photographers, carried out by the ROSPHOTO State Museum and Exhibition Center. It presents the work of a great photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century, Dmitry Ermakov, from the collections of the ROSPHOTO State Museum and Exhibition Center and the Russian Museum of Ethnography.

Dmitry Ivanovich Ermakov (1845–1916) devoted most of his life to research of the culture and everyday life of the peoples of Persia, the Ottoman Empire, Middle Asia and Caucasus, which resulted in creation of a unique photographic gallery of images of local inhabitants.

Dmitry Ermakov was an associate member of the Russian Archaeological Society, a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts in Tiflis, an honorary member of the Imperial Moscow Archaeological Society, and had a title of the personal photographer of His Majesty the King of Persia. He was awarded the bronze medal at the All-Russian exhibition in 1882 in Moscow for the “outstanding large-scale photographic views”, and also took part in the Third Paris World’s Fair in 1878, where he was awarded the gold medal for the photographs made for the catalogue Documents on Archaelogoly of the Causacus. He won prizes at fairs in Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and Italy. Over the course of his career, he was awarded more than 30 prizes at Russian and international exhibitions for both his portraits and landscape views.

The exhibition displays for the first time unique photographs, not only reconstructing the big picture of historical events, but also highlighting the cultural and ethnical diversity of Eurasia on the verge of the 20th century.

Original prints, dating back to the late 19th century, are displayed along with archaeological and ethnographical findings, household items, and objects of applied arts: costumes, jewelry, arms, and tableware.

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