The Camera and the Tsars: A Romanov Family Album Paperback – 20 Oct 2005
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About the Author
Charlotte Zeepvat is a freelance writer and Historical Consultant of Royalty Digest. Her first book, 'Prince Leopold' was published to widespread acclaim in 1998. . She has also written 'Romanov Autumn' (November 1999), 'Queen Victoria's Family'(April 2001). She lives near Rye,Sussex.
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As most Romanov lovers will know, the best photograph books are virtually impossible to get hold of unless you're willing to part with serious cash. Charlotte Zeepvat's book, however, is a real gem and it's a steal.
I got this for Christmas, but unlike some other gifts, I am sure I will continue to be delighted with this one for many years. It is beautifully done, with many, many pictures, most of which I had never seen before. It is not all about Nicholas, Alexandra and their children, but more concerned with the Romanov family as a whole, spanning from the family of Alexander II to the various emigres who scattered across Europe and America after the Revolution. Each photograph comes with a clear explanation of who the people are, with the main details about their lives in a concise format. There are many familiar faces from the courts of Europe both as children and as adults, and also many unfamiliar faces, such as those of the more obscure Grand Dukes and Duchesses.
This book is an excellent investment, as I am sure it will be treasured by every owner for many years to come. It is an invaluable reference tool when reading biographies, as Zeepvat's extensive inclusion of practically all the members of the Romanov family means that there is literally a face to put to every name you may come across in other works.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a low priced Romanov photograph album while you can! If this ever goes out of print, the prices will go sky high!
There is a wealth of pictures contained within the book, most of which I have never seen before.
If you are interested in this area of history and love old photos - this is the book for you.
Renowned author Charlotte Zeepvat has gather an impressive collection of the Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II, but as well on the Konstantinovich, Mikhailovich, and Pavlovich branches of the imperial family. In addition the author includes her interpretation of her subjects. Some felt irritated when she uses the term "Grand Prince/Princess" instead of Grand Duke/Duchess but she explains why she uses that terms and it does not undermine the value of this book. Charlotte Zeepvat tries to get to the essence of the members of the imperial clan.
I enjoyed it immensely and it was a great addition of my collection of books on Imperial Russia
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When I looked through this book I was struck by what a good looking group of people the Romanovs were. The photos are a mixture of formal portraits and snapshots (many taken by the Romanovs themselves), and in most of them the subjects are nice, pleasant seeming people not at all overwhelmed by the formal settings and clothing. The men mostly seem to have been rugged outdoor types, and the women rather romantic and elegant, with some quite beautiful. The children are really cute, too. Interestingly, most of them are smiling, which is rather unusual for nineteenth century photography. There are even some smiling pictures of Alexandra, the last Tsaritsa, who is usually stone faced in most of her portraits. Its also interesting to see how the passage of years changed some of the people. I particularly liked Grand Princess Alexandra Iosipovna, who married one of Nicholas I's sons (and is Prince Philip's great-grandmother). She went from being a fresh faced young girl to an elegant matron to a magnificent grande dame. Also Grand Princess Maria Pavlovna the elder, whose pictures could be used for a dictionary illustration for "distinguished" or "imposing". Even though the pictures are all black and white, you can imagine how the jewels must have glittered and the silks and satins gleamed and rustled.
The final few pictures showing the post-Revolutionary surviving Romanovs are particularly evocative. These are people who have lost a lot and endured enormous pain, and it shows on their still dignified, but very sad, faces.
This is a book all Romanov aficionados will want. It will also appeal to anyone interested in photography, fashion, or just human beings themselves.
The chapters of the book are as follows:
1. The Last Tsar
2. The Family
3. Marrying into the Family
4. Born Romanov
5. The Training of Princes
6. A Suitable Marriage
7. Family Ties
8. The Family at Work
9. The Family at Play
10. The Passing of the Tsar
11. War and Revolution
12. Full Circle
The Camera and the Tsars details not just the immediate family, but extended family as well. The author breaks the photos down into 12 chapters, including The Family, Born Romanov, The Family at Work, The Family at Play, and Marrying into the Family. Many of the photos are extremely rare, including one taken of the ladies of the court for the coronation of Nicholas II, a death-bed scene of Nicholas I, and a wedding photo of Grand Duchess Elizabeth, wife of Konstantin (Russian wedding photos weren't usually taken in the 19th Century). The pictures of family gatherings (with family members from all the Royal Houses of Europe) are fascinating. The Camera and the Tsars includes more pictures of Empress Alexandra smiling than in all the other books I've ever seen combined. And the photos of her immediate family (the last Tsar) will haunt the reader. The later Romanov's were shutterbugs and some of the photos are credited to them. But most are done by professionals and are works of art. Even today, photographs continue to be discovered after being "lost" for so many years.
My one complaint about Camera of the Tsars is that the author includes detailed narratives about the subjects in the photos, but she tries to put her own spin on things. I have always read that Grand Duke Sergei and his wife, Elizabeth of Hesse had a troubled marriage and that Sergei was a very difficult man. Zeepvat claims this perception was orchestrated by family members who disliked Sergei, and that "private letters now coming to light" prove that Elizabeth's marriage was not "one long martyrdom." Unfortunately, Zeepvat does not provide us with the source of this "new" information.
I think that the author should have stuck with descriptions and omitted her interpretations in a book of this nature.
Still, The Camera of the Tsars is an interesting book (especially for any serious Romanov collector), and provides a unique look into their very privileged world.
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