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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more...]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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Haunting Graffiti in the Heart of Abandoned Chernobyl

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

Art will spread to all corners of the earth and beyond, proven here by these captivating, touching and even haunting images of graffiti around the abandoned area of Chernobyl Ukraine. The artists who created these works are as mysterious as the area itself, leaving behind stencils of small children as ghostly reminders of the vibrant life that once existed here. The images are the works of photographer Jan Smith, who has explored the nooks and crannies of the abandoned city, discovering other artists works tucked into its hidden corners. [Read more...]

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Future Technology of the Old USSR

Monday 11.21.2011 , Posted by

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Until 1989, the USSR was a dominant world superpower, however their communist system kept tight reigns on what could go in and out of the country. Starting in 1957, the space race between the USA and Russia had the two countries competing for supremacy in space exploration.  This competition led both countries to push innovation and science in education. [Read more...]

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Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Second World War

Monday 08.29.2011 , Posted by

These incredible posters produced by the Soviet Union’s Moscow based news agency, TASS, during the Second World War, show the history of the conflict from a particularly vibrant and often gruesome Soviet perspective. The large prints, reaching between 5 and 10 feet tall, were displayed in shop windows throughout the war, with nearly a poster produced for every day of Russian involvement (1941-1945). Like an artistic journal, the posters (displayed here in chronological order) are especially interesting in the way the they track the progress of the war and the attitudes of their creators as the conflict progressed. [Read more...]

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