Women in Tashkent, 1961 Photo Gallery
Harvey and Alice Richards photographed women and children in Tashkent, 1961 Uzbekistan. They took their camera equipment to the Soviet Union to make A Visit to the Soviet Union, about Soviet women and children. They were pro-socialist, radical activists during the intensely anti-communist Cold War years in the United States. Their hope was to encourage friendship and understanding between the people of the USSR and the USA and to encourage peaceful international relations.
The photo images in this gallery are from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a hot dry place where grapes and melons graced the tables and markets full of people from an ancient and colorful culture. Our stay was brief (a few days), but like Moscow, we visited ordinary locations where women and children spent their time, including parks, schools, child care centers, maternity wards and professional offices. We were greeted by Soviet Women’s Committee representatives who provided us with transportation and introductions to the locations on our itinerary. Visiting a place for a brief moment is like taking a fast frame photo in the stream of history sweeping invisibly past you. Now, over 50 years later, these images capture a moment of liberation for Uzbek women from the restrictive cultural bonds that had kept women locked inside the family and home for centuries.
About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects. All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
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