Soviet Union Images

Soviet Union Images of Moscow, Sochi, Irkutsk and Tashkent, 1961

Soviet Union Images Galleries exhibit photos that Harvey Richards took during the making of his and his wife, Alice Richards’ films about women and children in the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1961: A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: Women of Russia (27 min.), and Part 2: Far From Moscow (20 min.).  I accompanied them, at age 17, to help carry the batteries and heavy equipment. Along the way, Harvey Richards captured still images of ordinary life in the Soviet Union which are presented in the galleries below. These photos, now, over 50 years later, and 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, show a slice of ordinary life in a socialist country, focused mainly on the lives of women and children.

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All images are copyrighted © Paul Richards 2001-2013.

Sochi, Resort for the People, 1961

Harvey Richards Sochi Photos in a Short Video with Music Sochi 1961, Resort for the People from Paul Richards on Vimeo. In 1961, I traveled with my father, Harvey Richards, and step mother, Alice, to the Soviet Union to help … Continue reading

Vacation Resort for the People, Sochi, USSR, 1961

Sochi: A Resort for the People Visiting Sochi (the site of 2014 Winter Olympics) on the Black Sea in Russia in the summer of 1961, at age 17, I encountered a vacation resort town like no other I had ever … Continue reading

Ferry Ride and Farm, Lake Baikal, Siberia, 1961

A Slice of Life in Siberia, Summer 1961 The photos in this gallery came from Harvey and Alice Richards’ trip to the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1961 to make a film called  A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: … Continue reading

Women and Children in Tashkent, 1961

Photos from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1961 In 1961, Harvey and Alice Richards took their camera equipment and Harvey’s teenage son, Paul Richards, to the Soviet Union to make a film, A Visit to the Soviet Union, about Soviet women and children. … Continue reading

Soviet Women and Children in Moscow, USSR, 1961

Photo Images Taken During the Filming of A Visit to the Soviet Union, 1961   In 1961, Harvey and Alice Richards took their camera equipment and Harvey’s son, Paul Richards, to the Soviet Union to make a film about Soviet women … Continue reading