Ca. 1896. Twenty-six albumen photographs ca. 20,5x26,5 cm (8 x 10 ¼ in), all captioned in negative and mounted on the original photographer’s card with gilt-lettered stamps “L. Rogozinsky, Vladikavkaz.” All photos numbered, either in negative or in period ink on the mounts (from 1 to 30, with omissions). Original publisher’s grey patterned cloth portfolio with the gilt-lettered title on the front panel. Portfolio neatly rebacked, a couple of images mildly faded, but overall a very good collection of strong interesting photos.
An attractive collection of original albumen photos of the Georgian Military Road, Tbilisi and Vladikavkaz (Northern Osetia), taken by the local studio of Leonty Rogozinsky. Born in Kyiv, he moved to Vladikavkaz in the late 1880s and became a student of a well-known local photographer Alexander Engel (1848-1918). Rogozinsky opened his studio in Vladikavkaz in 1889 and operated it until his death in 1904. In 1894 he took part in the international exposition in Paris, and his album of Caucasian views received a gold medal (the gilt-tooled stamps testifying of this award can be found on the mounts of our photos). His album of “Views and types of the Caucasus” received a silver medal at the All-Russia Exposition of Industries and Arts in 1896. The same year he became one of the official photographers during Nicholas II’s coronation. In 1897 he took part in the first All-Russia census.
Our collection of photos contains twenty-six views from Rogozinsky’s series of “Views and types of the Caucasus.” The photos follow the Georgian Military Road – the famous historical route across the Great Caucasus Mountain Range from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi - and mostly cover the territory of modern-day Georgia. Overall an attractive collection of well-executed views and panoramas of the iconic locations on the northern Caucasus.
List of photos: 1. Vladikavkaz. Monument to Arkhip Osipov [erected in 1881 and destroyed after the Russian Revolution of 1917]; 2. Vladikavkaz. Pond of the Society of Cycling Sport; 3. Georgian Military Road. Overview of the Highway in the Redant Valley; 4. Georgian Military Road. Half-tunnel near Balta; 6. Georgian Military Road. A view of Mount Kazbek near the Darial Gorge; 7. Georgian Military Road. Tourists on the Devdoraki glacier; 8. Georgian Military Road. A view of the Devdoraki glacier; 9. Georgian Military Road. Mount Kazbek; 10. Georgian Military Road. Palace and church of the princes of Kazbek; 11. Georgian Military Road. Kazbek station; 12. Georgian Military Road. Fort Sioni; 13. Georgian Military Road. Kobi station; 14. Georgian Military Road. Kobi descent; 15. Georgian Military Road. Avalanche area near Mount Kislaya; 16. Georgian Military Road. The highway between Kobi and Gudauri; 17. Georgian Military Road. The cross on the pass; 19. Georgian Military Road. Fountain on the Mlety ascent; 20. Georgian Military Road. Overview of the Mlety ascent; 21. Georgian Military Road. Mlety bridge; 22. Georgian Military Road. Mlety station; 23. Georgian Military Road. Passanauri post; 25. Georgian Military Road. Ananuri. Church and palace of the Dukes of Aragvi, built in the 5th century; 27. Georgian Military Road. Mtskheta, bridge and station; 28. Tiflis, botanical garden; 29. Tiflis, Shaitan-bazar; 30. General view from Avlabari.