I suggest you take a look at documentary footage pioneer of color photography in Russia Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky. Looking at these pictures, you can feel the whole spirit of the time.
At the beginning of the XX century Sergei Mikhailovich conceived an ambitious project: to capture in color photographs of his day Russia, its culture, history and modernization. Prokudin-Gorsky in May 1909 had an audience with the Emperor Nicholas II, who commissioned him to photograph all sorts of aspects of life in all areas, then made up the Russian Empire.
At present, a large part of the heritage of the famous photographer kept in the Library of Congress