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Jun 07, 2020
Photo Essay: Finding beauty in Chernobyl’s decay
Chernobyl’s rapid return to nature puts humanity’s impermanence into perspective. There’s beauty to be found in humanity’s absence... The Last Guard - In 1991, Ukraine had more than 5,500 statues of Lenin — a greater density than in any other part of the former...
May 18, 2020
Against the grain: Wheat and propaganda in the Soviet Union
A gilded sheaf of wheat is offered up to the viewer by a beaming woman standing in front of abundant fields of gold. It makes for a glorious and powerful image. An omnipresent and prevalent theme in Soviet Union, it’s status is elevated by its inclusion and embrace of the hammer and sickle in the official Soviet coat of arms. But what makes it so important?
May 16, 2020
Cosmonauts Day: How art won the Cold War and Space Race
"We've inspected the sky inside and outside. No gods or angels were found." Only science and Soviets. In the communist and atheist Soviet Union, space exploration was a religion; the gospel spread through propaganda rather than sermons. Two countries, the Soviet Union and the United States, were locked in an ideological race, two superpowers battling for supremacy...