These photos areÂ from a private collection of a typical Moscow family. They are dated back to 1936-1940 -Â the years known as theÂ period of Stalinâ€™s most cruel political repressions.Â Several million people are said to be affected: sentenced, shot or sent off to labour camps.
There is a Russian movie about those times â€“ â€œBurnt By The Sunâ€ (Utomlennye Solncem), which in 1994 won the Academy Awards as the best foreign language film (imdb rating 7.9/10). The story is about love in the times of political turmoil, the love that survives all fears of purges and uncertainty. Surprisingly enough, people still managed to try and have a few laughs during those harsh times.
The method is known as â€œdouble exposureâ€, when the aperture opens twice but the photo element stays in place. You might remember the principle from the days when you had a film camera and forgot to rewind the film. Neat, really.Â We would appreciate your comments, backlinks and retweets on this weirdly beautiful pieces of photography.