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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

Rights and Restrictions Information

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730

There are no known restrictions on photographs taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii; however, heirs of the photographer have expressed concern about commercial use.

Access: Subject to P&P policy on serving originals, which requires the use of digital images in lieu of the original negatives.

Reproduction (photocopying, hand-held camera copying, photoduplication and other forms of copying allowed by "fair use"): Subject to P&P policy on copying which prohibits photocopying of the original photographs.

Publication and other forms of distribution: Permitted. There are no known restrictions on the use of these images. The issue of copyright was not addressed during the purchase of the collection from Prokudin-Gorskii's heirs in France in 1948. French law is unclear as to whether the heirs own any rights. However, they have expressed concern about "commercial use" and alteration or manipulation of the images. As a courtesy to them, the Library is supplying interested researchers with the following contact information:

Mr. Jean Swetchine (grandson)
"Olivia," 105 rue Anatole France
F 92290 Châtenay Malabry

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Prokudin-Gorskii Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-DIG-prok-02044]

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Prepared by: Prints and Photographs Division staff. Last edited: 10 Sept. 2012.

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