9 Russia Sixty Years Ago

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Posted on June 30, 2014 by tim


Semyon Fridlan was a Russian photographer that worked at the state owned magazine, OGONYOK. He was a photographer who had the chance to travel to numerous Russian places and document in color life at the time. His topics of interest were out of different spheres – he took photos of people, of the cities, of plants and nature, art pieces and trains – virtually everything he could find an inspiration in.

They said at the time that his photos were lost but then at some point in time the American (!) researchers found his photos on Agfacolor film, they scanned them and published them. Thanks to this work we can get a glimpse of a country sixty years ago.

Here we go:

Vladivostok city.

Arkhangelsk city.

Gorky (or Nizhni Novgorod now).

A trip to the waterfall at Caucasian mountains.

Portraits of people.

Shots of daily life (“Good morning” a staged shot in Ukraine, 1952)

Things people used every day, or on the contrary, things we use only on special occasions and then put on display.

And even such simple things as potted plants.

A bright shot of a girl standing on a stack of planks.

“Soviet business lady”, well not really business, but some sort of secretary.

“The Hobbyists”

Families occupying the newly built houses.

A train getting charcoal.

It might be a pity to realize that most of the people are probably shown only in his photos and no other images of them were left now that they have died.

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9 Responses to “Russia Sixty Years Ago”

  1. Erik Johnson says:

    What a gift you share with us .
    Thank you .

  2. Tutan Camon says:

    Very clean and very nice on streets!!!Today is a mess…..

  3. Roman says:

    Exceptional quality! The lighting and clarity is better than many “photographers” achieve today by using Photoshop to enhance their pictures.

  4. true says:

    AGAIN AND AGAIN….PUTINS OWEND MEDIA IS TRYING TO GLORIFY SOVIET RULE.PEOPLE ITS NOT A TRUE.THESE PHOTOS ITS JUST A SOVIET PROPAGANDA OF THOSE DAYS… REALITY IS DIFERENT.. ANGRY DRUNK BRAINLESS PEOPLE.. THEY USE TO TAKE A BATH ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK.THEY USE TO HAVE SEPARATE TOWEL FOR A FEET.IT USE TO BE THEIR DAILY ROUTINE.. WASH THEIR FEET AT THE END OF THE DAY…LOL IT AINT MATTER THAT THEIR BODY WAS STINKING.

  5. Anatole says:

    His color use and spatial understanding are excellent, they remind me of classical paintings. But they also seem lifeless. There’s no movement in the people or their activities. That’s not his fault necessarily – clearly his art was circumscribed by the authorities in the age of High Stalinism.

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