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Soviet Russia Seen Through an American Photographer's Lens


Thomas Hammond, a professor at the University of Virginia and a specialist in Russian and Soviet history, made several trips to the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991.

During his travels, he visited many Soviet cities, taking more than 3,000 photos along the way. 

A newly presented series of his photographs taken from 1956 to 1975 depicts scenes of Soviet life, culture, nature and people. The photos show scenes of everyday Soviet life as well as its special moments, transporting the viewer back through the decades. 

Here is a look at some of his works:

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Spending a day in the snow with classic Soviet architecture as a backdrop.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Working women on a stroll through the city.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Better than supermarkets.

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Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Passing the summer hours together at the dacha.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Naval cadets show off their traditional Russian dance moves.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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The famous Russian ballet during Soviet times.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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A parade makes its way through Moscow on its way to Red Square.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Soviet swimwear? Iconic.

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Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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The view from the Moscow River at sunset looks slightly different today.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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A Soviet wedding party stops for a photo on the street.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Flocking to see "The Motherland Calls" in Volgograd.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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What's on the menu?

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Soviet schoolchildren pose for a group photo.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Friends basking in the sun.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Factory workers taking a quick break from the job.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Getting out of the city to spend time in the sun is a timeless summer tradition.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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The quiet things that no one ever knows.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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The ever-industrious snow plow.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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When you're not bothered by the sand.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Everyday life carries on far away from the U.S.S.R.'s urban centers.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia

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Taking your horse to the Old Town Road: timeless.

Thomas T. Hammond / University of Virginia


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