08 May 2012
Book review: The Romanov Family Album (1982), edited by Robert Massie, ****
A great book which will make you feel you are living in the imperial family of pre-revolutionary Russia. The photos are B&W, and come from the collection of a family friend of the Romanovs who took them to the United States.
Not all are good quality, the book was printed in 1982 and perhaps a better job could be done with new technology thirty years on in digitalizing the old originals. However the grain of the pics contributes to recreate the atmosphere of the time.
The text accompanying the pictures presents a benevolent image of the imperial family. Too benevolent perhaps. But this is not the purpose of this book, which is about the photographs, and not about political interpretation of the Tsar's rule.
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