11 Soviet Reality by Igor Palmin

Soviet Reality by Igor Palmin

Posted on December 12, 2011 by

Check out a collection of old photos by Igor Palmin picturing Soviet reality.

Chechnya. A shepherd’s son, 1977.

Moscow. Outskirts, a snowfall, 1977.

Moscow. Kuskovo. End of season, 1977.

Moscow, 1979.

Moscow, “Economy must be saving!”; Sverdlov Square, 1981.

Moscow. A meeting, 1977.

Moscow. Yard. Football. 1980.

Moscow. Subway, 1970s.

Yalta, 1983.

Day Two. 08.20.91.

Moscow. Vozdvigenkaya Street, 1981.

Near Lake Baikal.

Art historian Yuri Molok and writer Lilya Brik (1891 -1978), Artist’s House, 1976.

Julia Voznesenskaya, a writer, Leningrad, 1976.

Alexandra Azarh-Granovskaya, an actress and then director of Jewish State Theater. She was a wife of the founder of State Jewish Chamber Theater Aleksey Granovskii (real name is Abraham Azarkh), 1978.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a Soviet and Russian poet, writer, director, screenwriter, 1975.

Bella Akhmadulina – a poet, writer, translator, one of the most prominent Soviet lyric poets of the 20th century. Artist’s House at Kuznetsky Bridge, 1974.

Vladimir Vysotsky, a Russian and Soviet poet, composer and performer, artist, actor. Celebration of the 15th anniversary of Taganka Theater, 1979.

Artist and designer Lita (Aelita) Lomakina, 1979.

V.Kharlov’s wife artist Vera Ushakova. Zhivotovo-Rusinovo, The Kirov Region, 1984.

Visitors, 1990.


Day Three. White House. 08.21.91.

‘For Russia’.

Moscow. Pigeon fancier, 1976.

Moscow. A passerby, Griboyedov Street, 1978.

The Republic of Buryat. Zakamensk. A kid with a puppy.

The Republic of Buryat. A stopover before the Selenga River, 1980.

Riga (Latvia). Old Town, 1959.

Vilnius, Old Town (Lithuania), 1976.

Moscow. At a crossroad, 1980.

The sign runs, “Atelier”.

Vladivostok, 1985.

Chopper. Pechory, the Pskov Region, 1983.

Moscow. A communal apartment, having breakfast in the kitchen, 1972.

Old Tallinn, 1983.

Moscow, 1985.


Yakutia. The Tiksi Region. A white night in Tundra, 1984.

Moscow. A cat in artist Igor Obrosov’s studio, 1985.

Tashkent, an underground transition, 1979.

Settlement Itum-Calle, a fight, 1977.

Moscow. Vozdvizhenka Street, 1982.

Painter Lidia Masterkova at her home-studio, 1968.

Kolomna, the Moscow Region. A weddings procession, 1981.

O.E., an old resident of Arbat, 1981.

Moskow. ‘Hot Rolls’ kiosk. The sign runs, ”Rolls are not available”.

Moscow. ‘Buy some ice-cream!’ 1984.

The Republic of Buryat. Zakamensk, 1980.

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11 Responses to “Soviet Reality by Igor Palmin”

  1. IamI says:

    Despite the region, religion and times, the artists always differs from their neighbours. They have a world of their own.

  2. Verto says:

    “Simple life”.little to earn but also little to loose ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  3. historian says:

    Gde moi 17 let?

  4. asd says:

    He travelled a lot it seems.

  5. Hirsh says:

    “Yalta, 1983″ – it must be easy to blend in when everyone wears the same coat. :)

  6. Barrie says:

    1st photo. Object on boys left, our right, slung over the pole, is a horse pack saddle, it looks like an English military one to me. More like these please

  7. Plexo says:

    Bella Akhmadulina has the biggest camel toe I have ever seen. you can that puffy vag in picture 18

  8. SMERSH says:

    Say Raisin!

  9. (r)evolutionist says:

    “Near Lake Baikal.” …wish I was there…

  10. Theebeatnik says:

    A wonderful post, thank you for taking us on your journey!

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