Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

In July 1941 a press photographer of “Life” magazine, Margaret Bourke-White, came to Moscow. When the war started, photography was under the vigilant surveillance – for unathorized shooting or holding a camera people were put on trial. However Margaret managed to get a permission to take these shots as the Soviet authorities thought that they would show the USSR in the best advantage in the foreign magazine.

Margaret Bourke-White spent two months in Moscow and she was constantly accomponied, however it didn’t prevent her from taking truly unique photographs.

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

Moscow of Summer 1941

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13 thoughts on “Moscow of Summer 1941”

  1. I saw the very same cart in #3 still being used in a recent ER post, they sure get their money’s worth in the motherland.

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  2. Nice photo’s but, there’s yer beloved Russia, put on trial simply for taking photos without permission. I keep wondering how Russia might have turned out if they had gotten rid of that paranoid madman stalin.

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    • As photos suggest, Soviet Union was at this time at war with Germany, with German thrust clearly aimed at Moscow (Moscow first bombed by Luftwaffe July 21), so censorship and restrictions dictated by wartime fears of espionage was not un-warranted. Remember, Soviet forces were suffering terribly against the German advance.

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  3. A wonderful time capsule of a time long past. To see such happy faces in a time of grim reality, some moments to cherish through photography.

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