Original colour photograph of a group of prisoners of war from the Austro-Hungarian Empire at an unidentified place in Russian Karelia, near the White Sea, 1915.
The men are probably Poles, Ukrainians and other Slavs. Most of Prokudin-Gorskii’s politically-sensitive plates were confiscated when he left Russia for good in 1918. This one escaped, perhaps because what is being represented is not obvious.
It, a little anachronistically, obeys my two laws on nineteenth-century group photographs.
The image, which looks as if it has been sharpened, is from the Library of Congress Prokudin-Gorskii site.