Ordinary Life in the USSR

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Ordinary Life in the USSR. 215 pages. Over 300 photos.

Ordinary Life in the USSR by Paul Richards with Harvey Richards' photography and Alice Richards' script and essay.
1953, Alice and Harvey Richards. Photo by Imogen Cunningham

Ordinary Life in the USSR 1961 tells the story of Harvey and Alice Richards amazing trip to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1961. Their goal was to document the social safety network that existed in the Soviet Union for women and children in a socialist society. Alice Richards’ script tells the story of our journey as she narrated the films “A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 1: Women of Russia” and “A Visit to the Soviet Union, Part 2: Far from Moscow”. Her script is presented here as the text of the book along with Harvey Richards’ photography of the USSR during the Cold War. I added subheadings and captions (in italics) to the photos as needed.

ORDINARY LIFE IN THE USSR beautifully captures a world now seemingly lost even to memory. Here we see in the most vivid ways possible the advance of women from Russia proper to the distant regions of the USSR. It is inspiring to glimpse, and should raise hopes for another turn in the wheel of history.

Paul Buhle
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