47 Russia Early 80s

Russia Early 80s

Posted on April 9, 2007 by

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These are some illustrations from the book “The Russians” by Alexandr Kalion, submitted by Hex. These are Russian people of early 80s, right before the collapse of USSR.

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47 Responses to “Russia Early 80s”

  1. Starshii says:

    Cool pics. Reminds me of book I got couple of years ago: Optimism of the memory,Leningrad in 70-s. (Optimi3m pamjati, Leningrad 70-x) Then on the other hand, some of those pictures could have been taken also in todays Russian countryside, there things really have not changed so much as in the cities.

  2. Daniel says:

    So basically it has looked the same for the last ~25 years… =)

  3. Daniel says:

    Maybe next time I should read the post before as well. At least, we seem to agree.

  4. uncle sam says:

    god damn communists

  5. fromukrainewithlove says:

    I geuss most of the pictures are taken in Siberia….
    You can see Siberia as (cold) Africa.
    They found a town in Siberia few years ago the people that lived there didn’t knew a thing about communism…electricity…Stalin….WW2…etc..
    They thought that Russia was still ruled by a tsar…and they hunted with a bow…

    Some parts of Russia are modern(er) than EU and USA…
    while other parts have the lifestyle of an African town..where for the past 500 years..no sign of any technological development has taken place.

    • maxD says:

      I’m interested in this ‘stone-age’ town in Siberia. Do you have a link or smt ?

      Which parts of Russia are more modern than Europe/USA ? And in what sense ?

      • ringm says:

        Most probably that’s not about a whole town but about a single family living in taiga in isolation for about 40 years.
        Here’s some info: http://susiestheboss.blogspot.com/2006/01/book-review-lost-in-taiga.html

        Things like ‘they hunted with a bow and didn’t know a thing about communism’ are an overestimation (communists were exactly what they fled from), though they really haven’t heard about WW2.

      • fromukrainewithlove says:

        Moscow and ST.Petersburg are moderner in some aspects. In Moscow for example at airports they tested a new way of finding drugs, you go in a cabin.This cabin can detect if you touched for example cocaine few weeks back. Better nose than a dog.

        An other thing at the airport to reduce sound of airplanes. They come up with the next thing: sound makes sound waves like you probably know, these sound waves vibrate in the air and thats called sound. So they made a machine that produces this soundwaves but you don’t hear them (perhaps very high frequence waves). So if you place this box near the airport road (where planes take off&land) these high waves will touch the planes sound waves and deactivate them.

        I hope I made a good explanation, my english is not that good.

    • mmda says:

      he he he,
      are You a joker!
      Yah, indeed

    • Kasia says:

      I would like to read more about this village that was found in Siberia. Can you post a link. Thanks

    • Starshii says:

      I´d really like to know what part of Russia is more (or even close to as) modern as EU/USA. Are there still some secret, closed cities somewhere or what?

      • fromukrainewithlove says:

        starshi you russian? where you live? I live in Netherlands (western Euorope) I was born in Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk and visited Moscow a few times and have friends there. I can compare things from there with the things here.

        Many things in moscow&ST.Petersburg are moderner than here. Same goes for space and army technology.

    • McR says:

      No this is not Siberia, but a small town in a 2 hours ride distance from Moscow. And yes the photos are taken in the early 80s and not 70s. Those interested can read an interview with the photographer (in Russian) here http://www.photoline.ru/poem/1205729518
      or here

  6. moomee says:

    Great pics! You wouldn’t want to mess with that nurse type woman in the sixth picture =))

  7. leon187 says:

    some of there pics are clearly photoshoped or photomontage was maked in a classic way in the darkroom

  8. illlich says:

    under the Soviets everything was in black-and-white. . .

    • Boris Abramov says:

      Hmm… now its gray.

    • Boris says:

      Even my photos from 1992 are in black and white! People would think I was born in the 70’s!

      btw, I still have original unused USSR-made b\w, color film.

      • Boris Abramov says:

        I still got 1970’s “Zenit” camera – I use it sometimes. Really good quality pictures, – digital just doesn’t compare!!!

        • illlich says:

          i bought a newer LOMO a few years ago, re-issue made for export. a fine camera for the price. similar in design to some Minoltas from the 60s, but smaller, better made.

  9. Borah a.k.a. Sarah Levi-Alkolupukki says:

    Oh, american style of propaganda again. Let’s get some grannies, some people with not good-looking faces, some bad streets & old buildings and call it Russia.

    During 80s the youngest girls were over 60 y.o. on the photos of Russia published in american press.

    • Boris Abramov says:

      Agree, doesn’t really represent the whole russia in the 80s.

      However, it does represent life in one little village during that time..

      • Boris says:

        These photos really remind me of village life in Siberia. You would be surprised how unchanged Russian villages are today.

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  11. Cable says:

    Stupefyingly good photography.

    Art as art should be done.

    Thank you for providing these gems of photographic craftsmanship.

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  13. Borah a.k.a. Sarah Levi-Alkolupukki says:

    Great photo!

  14. firsak says:

    Blasted freak!

  15. Uwe says:

    I quite like this way of taking pictures of people in their every-day-life,it is artistic and timeless and yet very natural.Well done !

  16. FIN says:

    WTF? “early 80s, right before the collapse of USSR”?

    It was 1991

  17. adios says:

    russkaya babushka

  18. DD says:

    Ya you guys were pimpin

  19. rrimor says:

    do not believe/i live in siberia-barnaul/those fotos are from early 70s/

  20. cigarettes says:

    it is a special culture and cult for soviet people.

  21. Taupey says:

    WOW classic!

  22. plunderpunk says:

    Thank for sharing these photos. Life looked pretty tough for these folks. The photos look like they could have been taken in almost any decade of the 20th century. Wow.

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