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.
Harvesting of wheat on the farm. Ukraine, 1950.
Professors of engineering working In the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, 1950.
Traditional dances in Kabarda, 1950.
A worker in a children orphanage with two children. Ukraine, 1950.
Young steeplejacks in front of construction of the industrial center in Pavlodar.
Soldier of Pacific Fleet at the post.
Morning at one of the farms on the counrtyside, 1950s.
Admiral Gorshkov in dress uniform. Crimea, Sevastopol, 1954.
The worker in the port of Kazan. 1950.
Harvestingtomatoes at a suburban farm. Moscow region, 1950.
Wheat harvest at an Ukrainian farm. Ukraine, 1950.
Group of people enjoying holidays in the mountains in the vicinity of Kislovodsk, 1950.
Woman navigator of the ship on Volga river in Kazan, 1950.
Mine in Kostanay, Kazakhstan.
Navy in the Baltics.
Labour-intensivework in a studio. Moscow, 1950.
Valya Borovkova, crane driver in the river port. Kazan, 1950.
Issuance of wheat products and essentials on workdays. Ukraine, 1950.
Nizhny Tagil in 1954.
Do you like old photos that bring out the nostalgia?