An American photographer James Abbe started his career as a fashionable artist who made pictures of Hollywood celebrities but later turned to photojournalism. He also lived in the USSR in 1927 and 1932. Below are his pictures from the book I Photograph Russia made in 1932 with Abbe’s comments.
‘Long Live The World Revolution!’, state the posters carried by the Soviet people who are marching across the Red Square. The revolution could definitely take place if industry worldwide was as developed as it was in Russia.
A Moscow night is a scene of unbelievable beauty. Our gaze is shifted from the new Moscow Hotel and moonlight river to the mighty Kremlin with its towers and spires which is getting dark against the background of the night sky.
The artist was observing the scene from the window of his hotel trying to discover the purpose of his Russian journey and this book that was hidden inside the Kremlin.
The Kremlin encloses an area of 100 acres and is surrounded by a wall which is 2430 yards long. Stalin’s private office is somewhere inside the mighty palace.
The craftsmen are hiding famous names on ancient pieces of art behind modern titles. The sign ‘Romanovy’ is substituted by ‘The new Moscow Hotel’. Tourists who steal silver spoons don’t have any objections.
The Moscow river is covered with ice at dawn. People get up early to see the ice drift.
The last Russian tsar (king) was coronated sitting on the throne. This is one of the Kremlin churches that was used exceptionally for the purpose of coronation.
You see a mere sensation. This is Stalin, a wild, mysterious, cold and ominous ruler, who has never given his consent to be photographed. The reproduction made from 1 or 2 pictures ever signed by Stalin.
20th anniversary of the Pravda newspaper. The parade and the giant poster are designed to stress that ‘press has to be the means of socialistic upbringing’.