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This research report is based on one of the three known copies of the album of photographs ascribed in bibliography to Baron von Brandis's The Countries of the Amur, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia and the Urals, 1860-1866. This American copy was offered for sale in October, 2008 at Bloomsbury Auctions, New York, but was passed and bought in-house. The 371 photographs in the album document a six-year photographic expedition from the Amur to the Urals. This report contextualizes the place of the album in Russia's political and economic history, as well as notes its importance as a source that enhances our appreciation of the visual culture of the Urals, Siberia, and the Amur regions. The report also speculates on some of the motivations of the expedition, the targeted audience for the album, and Brandis's collaborators.


Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies


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