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Everyday life of Soviet people on color photos from the 1950s

Photos of People in the Soviet Union made by Semyon Friedland

Arkhangelsk, 1950. / kulturologia.ru

Semyon Osipovich Friedland was a soviet photographer from Kiev. He was born in 1905 into a family of Jewish shoemakers. He began his career as a journalist, but then left the profession because of the censorship. In 1932 he graduated from the photography department of the State Institute of Cinematography. In 1950 Friedland worked as an editor-in-chief for the photography department of the famous “Ogonyok” (Russian: Огонёк, lit. “little flame”), which is one of the oldest weekly illustrated magazines in USSR and is published even today in Russia.

In that time he also took these photos, where we can see how people lived in the USSR after World War II. Even if these photos are staged, they are quite interesting from a historical perspective.

Breakfast in Ukraine.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source:russiatrek.org)

Harvesting of wheat on the farm. Ukraine, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Professors of engineering working In the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Traditional dances in Kabarda, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

A worker in a children orphanage with two children. Ukraine, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Young steeplejacks in front of construction of the industrial center in Pavlodar.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org)

Soldier of Pacific Fleet at the post.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org)

Morning at one of the farms on the counrtyside, 1950s.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Admiral Gorshkov in dress uniform. Crimea, Sevastopol, 1954.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org )

Wheat harvest.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org)

The worker in the port of Kazan. 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Harvesting tomatoes at a suburban farm. Moscow region, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Wheat harvest at an Ukrainian farm. Ukraine, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Group of people enjoying holidays in the mountains in the vicinity of Kislovodsk, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Woman navigator of the ship on Volga river in Kazan, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Mine in Kostanay, Kazakhstan.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org)

Navy in the Baltics.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: russiatrek.org)

Labour-intensive work in a studio. Moscow, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland. (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Valya Borovkova, crane driver in the river port. Kazan, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland.(Source: kulturologia.ru)

Issuance of wheat products and essentials on workdays. Ukraine, 1950.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: kulturologia.ru)

Nizhny Tagil in 1954.

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Photo: Semyon Osipovich Friedland (Source: visualhistory.livejournal.com)

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