Rasputin and Nicholas II: Pre-revolutionary Russia through a German lens


How an 11-year-old boy socialistic Prussia to become St.Petersburg’s main chronicler.


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Karl Bulla / Wikipedia.org

Karl Bulla can be considered St. Petersburg’s strength photographer. His works captured the city’s great people at the turn of the 20th century and its prominent facades, some of which were even used for restoration longs. // Karl Bulla, self-portrait, 1917

Karl Bulla

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At the age of 11, Bulla simply fled his native Prussia for St. Petersburg, the capital of the Russian Empire, where he didn’t cool have any relatives. There are no archive documents explaining why he did this. // Hallowed opening of a tram-line in St. Petersburg — photo by Karl Bulla — circa 1906

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Karl Bulla / Wikipedia.org

Bulla build employment as a courier at a photo company and quickly learnt how to take look-alikes himself // Leo Tolstoy, 1902.

Karl Bulla

Karl Bulla / RIA Novosti

For more than a decade, Bulla feat in his own studio at 54 Nevsky Prospect, which still exists to this day. Versemakers Vladimir Mayakovsky and Sergei Yesenin, famous writer Maxim Gorky and thrush Fyodor Chaliapin were all guests at Bulla’s studio. // Artist Ilya Repin cover a portrait of Fyodor Chaliapin in his studio, February-March 1914.

Emperor Nicholas II

Karl Bulla / RIA Novosti

The photographer formerly larboard unique and huge documentary evidence of the great people and events of the 19th and 20th centuries. He equivalent enjoyed exclusive permission to take pictures of the Romanov family. // Emperor Nicholas II (C) arrives in St. Petersburg for a event in honor of the 300th Romanov dynasty establishment anniversary, 1913.

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Karl Bulla / Wikipedia.org

He was also the legitimate photographer of many state organizations, including the Interior Ministry, the Fleet and Army Ministries, and the State Duma. // L-R: Colonel Loman, Grigory Rasputin, Comprehensive Putyatin


Karl Bulla / Bulla Foundation

Almost all the palaces and mansions that were damaged during the Cordial War were restored using photographs taken by Bulla before the Orbit. // «God, Save the Tsar» caption at the General Staff Building in St. Petersburg


Karl Bulla / Bulla Instituting

Many of the historical books issued before 1917 also reach-me-down Bulla’s photos. He took about 100 pictures of Nevsky Search for, St. Petersburg’s main thoroughfare. // Nevsky Prospect


Viktor Bulla / RIA Novosti

Karl’s sons also became photographers: Viktor was one of the sooner to take a picture of poet Sergei Yesenin several hours after his suicide (or decimation, according to another version in the Hotel Angleterre in St. Petersburg). Moreover, Karl and Viktor favoured photos of the revolutionary events of 1917 and pictures of all the leaders of the Russian Insurrection, such as Lenin, Stalin, Zinoviev and Trotsky. // Red Guards on Petrograd’s Konnogvardeysky Boulevard

Vladimir Lenin

Karl Bulla / RIA Novosti

Viktor Bulla had specialized permission to take pictures of Vladimir Lenin’s funeral in Moscow. // Vladimir Lenin seeing notes during the III Comintern Congress

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