USSR in Construction, No. 2, 1937

Tadjik Soviet Socialist Republic

A beautiful cover on this one.  A kind of report from the periphery of the empire. Titles of photos essays like ‘Girls Unveiled’, and the like.

During the period this magazine was made the ‘stans and south Asian republics were a popular refuge for artists who fell afoul of the conventions of socialist realism.  Indeed, abrstact-ish styles were deemed to be part of the national character of these republics.  The photographers who went on this shoot probably had many artist friends who had emigrated to the Tadjik republic from the centre.

Mosque is now a meeting hall.

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