The Lost “Golden Age”: Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

It’s very lucky for society that Vladimir Sokolaev once took a camera in his hands and realized that he had to devote his life to photography. He became a unique source of visual information about the Soviet time of depression under the rule of Brezhnev that is still called the Golden Age of the Soviet civilization by some people. Sokolaev was often blamed for throwing mud at this gold. But smarter people have always understood that his works tell a different story – he was speaking about life avoiding the categories of posters and slogans, in layman’s terms.

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Punishment 1979

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Siberia, July 1990

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, Siberia, 1983

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Leningrad, 1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1985

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, Kuzbas, Siberia, 1985

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Rock-n-roll dancers, Novokuznetsk, Siberia, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Half-blind person and door carrier, Novokuznetsk, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Frozen flags on Victory Day, Novokuznetsk, 1985

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Sports competitions of miners, log throwing, Kuzbas, Siberia, 1987

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Quartz treatment, 1981

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1983

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

The final portrait of Ivan Selivanov, a naive artist from Kuzbas. In the Urology Department of Belovo City Hospital, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Parents’ Day at the pioneer camp, 1985

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Female choir, 1979

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Prokopyevsk, 1988.

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Poisoned with sleeping pills, a life saving attempt, 1978

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Nevsky Prospekt, 1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Carnival, 1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Bookstore of Novokuznetsk, Siberia, 1983.

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Pancake Week fair, Novokuznetsk, 1984

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Watching the solar eclipse, 1981.

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Beer of the Pancake Week, Novokuznetsk, 1985

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Cleaning Lenin’s mausoleum for the upcoming November demonstration. 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Selling Xmas trees, Novokuznetsk, 1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Lamb bones for sale, Novokuznetsk, 1988

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Father and son, Siberia, 1979

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Meeting Baltic Fleet veterans, 1982

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1984.

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Novokuznetsk, 1983

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Lunch time lecture about international status, Novokuznetsk region, Kuzbas, Siberia, 1979

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

First of May demonstration, Novokuznetsk, 1983

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Village store, the center of life, Abai village, Altai, 1993

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Pancake Week, 1984

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Kolkhoz women, Novokuznetsk district, 1980

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Snow falling on the coke battery, 1979

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

VDNKH, “Beer Bar”, 1984

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Novokuznetsk, 1983

The Lost "Golden Age": Documentary Photos of Vladimir Sokolaev

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