Along the Banks of the Volga River
Masterpieces of the Russian photography from the second half of the 19th century
in the collection of the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg.
Vasiliy(William) Carrick (1827 - 1878), a graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, was one of the first Russian photographers to make realistic pictures. In the 1870s, he traveled around the Volga region and photographed local people, peasants at work and in private life. Unlike Raoult's pictures, the images by Carrick are not monumental. The artists had a remarkable ability to capture a peculiar expression, movement or gesture which makes his photographs especially fascinating. Carrick often conveys both psychological and social characteristics of his models. The artist himself and many of his contemporaries considered his works to be a vivid photo chronicle of his time.