Women in Tashkent, 1961 Uzbekistan

Women in Tashkent, 1961 Photo Gallery

 Students. Women in Tashkent, 1961, Uzbekistan.
Students. Women in Tashkent, 1961, Uzbekistan.

Women in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1961

Harvey and Alice Richards photographed women and children in Tashkent, 1961 Uzbekistan. They took their camera equipment to the Soviet Union to make A Visit to the Soviet Union, about Soviet women and children. They were pro-socialist, radical activists during the intensely anti-communist Cold War years in the United States.  Their hope was to encourage friendship and understanding between the people of the USSR and the USA and to encourage peaceful international relations.

The photo images in this gallery are from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a hot dry place where grapes and melons graced the tables and markets full of people from an ancient and colorful culture.  Our stay was brief (a few days), but like Moscow, we visited ordinary locations where women and children spent their time, including parks, schools, child care centers, maternity wards and professional offices.  

We were greeted by Soviet Women’s Committee representatives who provided us with transportation and introductions to the locations on our itinerary. Visiting a place for a brief moment is like taking a fast frame photo in the stream of history sweeping invisibly past you.  Now, over 50 years later, these images capture a moment of liberation for Uzbek women from the restrictive cultural bonds that had kept women locked inside the family and home for centuries.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

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