Are you ready to make an immersion into the glorious life of Soviet Russia? If yes scroll down, this one today differs from other retrospective series we had before by the manner of compilation – it’s not a one collection but is assorted mix came from different sources. Continue reading »
Semyon Osipovich Friedland was a soviet photographer from Kiev. He was born in 1905 into a family of Jewish shoemakers. He began his career as a journalist, but then left the profession because of the censorship. In 1932 he graduated from the photography department of the State Institute of Cinematography. In 1950 Friedland worked as an editor-in-chief for the photography department of the famous “Ogonyok” (Russian: Огонёк, lit. “little flame”), which is one of the oldest weekly illustrated magazines in USSR and is published even today in Russia. Continue reading »
A few photos of Soviet vintage ‘Antonov’ airplane ads target to Western buyers. Because the managers of the company was reasonably thinking that most of the buyers of the planes from abroad would be men, they decided to put women on the pictures. Continue reading »
One local man, Ivan Ivanov, discovered the odd vehicle and shared it over VK, the Russian social network. Continue reading »
First Soviet night vision goggles appeared in early 1940s during first days of Russia joining World War 2. And those are the first prototypes of those, some were car mount some were portable. Continue reading »
Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot. Continue reading »
Stunning Colorized Photos Of Legendary Soviet Female Snipers From WWII, Including One Dubbed ‘Lady Death’ Who Killed 309 Nazis
Stunning colorized images have given new life to WWII female snipers who protected their territory against German attacks, including the most successful female sniper in history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko also known as ‘Lady Death’.
The photographs were colorized by Moscow artist Olga Shirnina. Continue reading »
By the early 1920s, millions of orphaned and abandoned children, collectively described in Russian as besprizornye, besprizorniki (literally “unattended”) crowded cities, towns, and villages across the new Soviet state. By 1922, World War I, Russian Revolution, and Civil War had resulted in the loss of at least 16 million lives within the Soviet Union’s borders, and severed contact between millions of children and their parents. At this time, Bolshevik authorities were faced with an estimated seven million homeless youths.
The great Volga famine of 1921–1922 accounted for some five million deaths and played a huge role in depriving children of their homes. Vast numbers of children were deserted, many abandoning their families themselves, and many parents actively abandoning their children. Continue reading »
KGB leaked some new files. They reveal famous Spanish maestro artist Salvador Dali while on his secret visit to USSR. It was no secret the artist had a Russian lover and wife Gala (Elena). She was who took Dali on the trip. Let’s see those leaked files. Continue reading »
This Russian guy has a hobby of making different things from the remainders of old Soviet electronic and electric parts. He deliberately collects different old Soviet switches, buttons, small bulbs and indicators. Here is one of his latest works – a computer case made from all this old Soviet scrap parts. Continue reading »
In 1982 the famous British photographer Ian Berry visited the Ukrainian SSR as a photojournalist. During that trip he made a series of photos of the people’s life in the Soviet city of Odessa. We looked at the Ian’s pictures and picked up the most interesting ones to show you in this post. Continue reading »
Ok, I haven’t seen anything like this before. Please meet a 1:1 wooden motorcycle replica with intricate detailing, all made from wood, all real life sized. As the source reports, a guy called Yury decided to make something unusual. He has chosen a Soviet IZH-49 motorbike as a target to apply his wood crafting skills. So this is what he did. Tires, exhaust pipe, everything from wood. Continue reading »
The rocket and space program of the USSR, along with the exploration of the universe left its mark on the country. Obviously, it reflected on the people’s minds as well. Every other little boy wanted to be an astronaut. One of them was the photographer Ivan Mikhailov. As a child, he often stared at the stars, and thought of planets and space adventures, while sitting atop of a rocket-shaped slide near his house. Presently, his series of photographs titled ‘Playground’, includes images of rocket ship style playgrounds built in Russia during the Space Race. Continue reading »
Working is good, but working smart is better! Industrial era brought a lot of good to world, but also it was a major headache to doctors and medical staff! Machines, steam, electricity, hot iron, sharp tools, all that was a major threat for the “new era” workers. The human factor was usually the main cause for these accidents and even fatalities in industrial complexes. This is why authorities of those times tried to avoid future casualties and learn people how to behave at work. Continue reading »
When one thinks of something fascinating, Soviet brutalist architecture does not come to mind. However, Frédéric Chaubin’s remarkable photographs, published under the curious title “CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed”, can change that perspective of many. French photographer has traveled the former Soviet Union since 2003, capturing unusual sculptural buildings. Continue reading »
The Russian artist Valery Barykin draws pictures in the Pin-Up style, mixing the American classic with Russian ordinariness. Now Valery has lots of great works in his portfolio, but the most popular project is the series of drawings called Soviet Pin-Up where he combined the famous style with the socialist posters. And, we must say they look very nice with the pretty girls you could never imagine on the real posters from the USSR. Continue reading »
We tend to forget how horrific World War II was for the Soviet Union. Here’s a fascinating collection of Soviet War paintings. Continue reading »
An Epic Poem, Assembled From Fragments Of Everyday Life In Soviet Lithuania Through The Lens Of Photograher Antanas Sutkus
Rebelling against political propaganda, acclaimed photographer Antanas Sutkus embarked on a life-long journey to capture the everyday scenes around him. Antanas Sutkus, born in 1939, studied journalism at Vilnius University in the late 1950s before becoming disillusioned by the confines of the Soviet-controlled press. He began taking photographs instead, and soon co-founded the Lithuanian Association of Art Photographers. Continue reading »
This is the 6-Megavolt complex called ‘Tesla Tower’ (but in fact is a Marx generator) belonging The High Voltage Research Center at the Russian Electrotechnical Institute, located in the city of Istra, Moscow Region. The massive device was built in 1970s and considered one of the most powerful in the world. Continue reading »
How can one fight the greyness and blandness of everyday life? With mad painting skills, apparently. Boris Chernichenko, who comes from the Russian city of Astrakhan, smote banality by decorating the stairwell in his apartment building. No more plain, white-ish walls – they’re now decorated with murals of natural landscapes. Continue reading »
Only the most intrepid urban explorers cross the tattered ruins of the old iron curtain to endure the excessive bureaucracy, military paranoia and freezing winds of the East to hunt for the ghosts of an empire.
Rebecca Litchfield is one who couldn’t resist the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union. Time and again she risked radiation exposure, experienced arrest and interrogation, and was accused of espionage while collecting the stunning photography in Soviet Ghosts. Join her on an adventure through the ruins of soviet bloc, never before seen by western eyes.
The emotional affect of this poetic collection will keep you coming back for more, while a series of expert articles offer in-depth analysis of the historical context. Contemplate the uncanny and disturbing emotional power of the imagery. Discover the story of the rise and fall of the USSR, the empire whose ghost continues to haunt Europe even today…
Hungary, MAV 424 Steam Train. Continue reading »
Claudine Doury is a French photographer living in Paris.
She chose two main themes for her reports: exploring the changes in Eastern Europe, as well as the metamorphosis of juvenile period of life. In Paris in 2004, the book called: Artek, un été en Crimée (Artek, a summer in Crimea, Ukraine) of Claudine was published.
The pictures were taken from 1994 until 2003. There are no boring staged or formal photos. All images of Claudine show the true story about the Artek life of children in there. Some people found the photos absolutely delightful, others subjected them to devastating criticism saying they are being inappropriate. Continue reading »
A combination picture shows (top) the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument, painted by an unknown artist, in Sofia on June 17 and a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s youth organisation cleaning the same figures of the monument February 18, 2010. The figures have been painted to resemble U.S. comic book heroes and characters from popular culture like Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald, the mascot of fast-food chain giant McDonald’s. The inscription below them reads: “Moving with the times”. Stoyan Nenov / Reuters. Click to zoom.
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