Russia Sixty Years Ago

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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:

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Vladivostok city.Russia Sixty Years Ago

Arkhangelsk city.Russia Sixty Years Ago

Gorky (or Nizhni Novgorod now).

Russia Sixty Years Ago

A trip to the waterfall at Caucasian mountains.

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Portraits of people.

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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

Russia Sixty Years Ago

And even such simple things as potted plants.

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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

Russia Sixty Years Ago

“The Hobbyists”

Russia Sixty Years Ago

Families occupying the newly built houses.

Russia Sixty Years Ago

A train getting charcoal.

Russia Sixty Years Ago

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 thoughts on “Russia Sixty Years Ago”

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

  2. 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.

  3. Obligatory honey at http://media.englishrussia.com/newpictures/Russia-sixty-years-ago/0_10e686_4a8d8e12_XXL.jpg !!!!

  4. 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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