“The Death Of Colossus”: Striking Candid Photographs That Capture Everyday Life In The USSR In 1984-1989

Hockey played in a Moscow housing estate, 1984

The ’80s weren’t a great time for those living in the USSR, although those living in Moscow had it better than most. Here’s a look at everyday life of the Soviets in the late 1980s. These amazing photographs were taken by Chris Niedenthal in 1984 through 1989.

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Moscow market, 1989

A Moscow man, 1988

Bakery in Moscow, 1989

Baku, Azerbaijan, 1989

Book stall in Moscow, 1989

‘Don’t look!’, Arbat, Moscow, 1989

Drying off after swimming lessons, Moscow, 1989 (L), Lenin, 1988 (R)

Moscow school, 1989 (L), Party Congress as seen from street level, Moscow, 1988 (R)

Elections in Riga, Latvia, 1989

‘Glasnost’ on the Arbat, Moscow, 1989

Group baptism in a Russian Orthodox church, Moscow, 1989

Moscow apartament, 1989

Moscow bride and groom, after the wedding in Moscow, 1984

Moscow family, 1989

Moscow girl, 1988

Boris Yeltsin during election rally, Moscow, 1989

Moscow school, 1984

TV store, Moscow, 1984

Moscow suburbs, 1989

Orthodox priest in a Moscow hospital, 1989

Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 1989

Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko with his wife, 1984

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the Duma, Moscow, 1989

Soviet trolleybus, 1989

Street artist and the Red Army, on the Arbat, 1989

Taman Military Division during training, 1988

Tea break at factory producing busts and statues of Lenin, 1989

TV store in Moscow, 1988

Weight watchers, Moscow, 1988

Women’s day at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1984

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