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Poor USSR photo 1980-ies

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

So, today will be your favorite topic — photos of real life in the USSR. Despite the fact that in the late Soviet Union in the hands of the people had quite a lot of cameras, stage of life (life, shops, etc.) was removed, few film photography was expensive and time-consuming pleasure, and 24 or 36 shots of film scarce, people prefer to spend on shooting group and individual pictures.

However, there was a stratum of professional photographers who shot a lot of the surrounding reality, to capture it for posterity. These are the photographs of ordinary everyday life can now better tell them about real life in the USSR.

In today’s post we will look at the pictures from the Tula photographer Andrew Lyzhenkova — Andrew worked mainly in the genre of black and white reportage photography and managed to shoot a lot of interesting things about life in the last years of the USSR. Make sure you check out the article below, write in the comments your opinion, well to friends to add do not forget)

02. 1984 a Christmas party. In the background hangs a huge Board “the Politburo” and there is something else about the party. At the time it seemed normal, now it is perceived as downright idiotic — ideology imposed on children in early childhood, and a games room on the wall hung no pictures of Leopold and snow Maiden, and portraits of old men from the Politburo.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

03. Commission in the military. This is 1988, when there was the war in Afghanistan — and the photo of Andrei feels the tense atmosphere which prevailed in the military.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

04. The Central square in Tula, the end of the eighties. There’s even a comment, nothing else — great angle and composition. “Free” behind bars, guarded vigilant sentries)

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

05. My favorite photo of the entire series. “The decisions of the CPSU run” in the background of some ruins and debris.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

06. Colony in Aleksin, 1990. On the wall of the newspaper “Pravda” from delusional quote of Lenin “Soviet power is the road to socialism, found the masses of workers, and therefore true, and therefore invincible.” It’s like saying, such as “alcoholism is the way to eternal life, found the masses of workers, and therefore true, and therefore invincible.”

If you think about it — among this absurd country has lived almost 80 years.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

07. Tula oblast, regional hospital. Hard shell bed, old furniture, but there is a portrait of Lenin on the wall.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

08. The emergency hospital, Tula, 1985. Standing right next to each other beds, old worn furniture, roughly hewn table covered with newspaper…

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

09. 1988, Tula, farmer retired. Tell me, do you see in the photo, the “rich Soviet life”, which is so fond of telling fans of the USSR? Personally, I see extreme poverty.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

10. Rural teacher retired. Ugly rickety house that will fall apart the old fence. Apparently, the rural teacher has decided to abandon the five-room apartment, which she did for free wanted to give the Soviet government (as was like to tell the fans the scoop).

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

11. Tula oblast, a boy with a Bicycle. Sometimes the “happy Soviet childhood” looked like that.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

12. Outskirts of Tula, the village called “Cabins”. 1989. Here is the dugout as of the films about the war — someone’s house. Inside there is no water it has to carry buckets. Typically, these photographs of fans like the Soviet Union to comment so — “country only 40 years ago recovered from a devastating war, what do you want?”.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

13. Military burial. A young man on the monument in the background is clearly killed in Afghanistan…

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

14. Women’s LTP. The country reported “a new triumph over alcoholism,” the number of LTP and sobering-up stations only grew from year to year. About the Soviet sobering-up stations I already wrote, I will write about the LTP — there was quite a horror and camp.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

15. The queue for bread. “Masses of workers”, sung by Lenine, stand in a long line for the simplest product.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

16. Village shop. Can roughly estimate the range of goods in the late Union.

Убогий СССР на фото 1980-х годов

Such cases. And what do you remember the eighties in the USSR?

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