Rare photographs, taken in Moscow when the Cold War was at its coldest. Step inside the real Iron Curtain of 1958-1959.
Taken by unknown visitors to Moscow between 1958 and 1959, this group of photographs have no provenance whatsoever and as such, are full of potential. These visitors stay at the better hotels (the Moscow and the Ukraine) and take photographs from their balconies. They take pictures of other people taking pictures. A man in a hat poses in the middle of a street holding a briefcase, a prominent landmark in the distance behind him. Another odd tourist in a long overcoat is photographed whilst taking photographs.
When one tries to fill the gaps with story, it’s difficult not to feel the the aura here of a Graham Greene novel. Khrushchev’s Russia is amping up, blatantly confronting the West; testing nuclear weapons, launching Sputnik 3; shooting down US planes in Soviet airspace. Cold War is fermenting. Moscow is a shadowy, threatening place for these visitors to be and yet there they are.