Ermakov, (Dmitri Ivanovich). [The fire on the oil field in Baku].

Baku, Azerbaijan, 1880s.

Albumen print, titled and numbered "7349" in the lower edge of the negative. 101 x 147 mm.


Impressive document of a fire at the oil field owned by Branobel, the company operated by the brothers Ludvig and Robert Nobel which in the late 19th century produced fifty percent of the world's oil.

The Russian photographer Ermakov trained as a military topographer and took part in the Russo-Turkish War before setting up his photographic business in Tbilisi. He travelled extensively as far as Iran and took part in several archaeological expeditions in the Caucasus, leaving a series of unique photographs.

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