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January 19, 2023

Eastern Europe in the Late 1980s Through an American Student’s Lens

These beautiful photos were taken by Eesomest that show street scenes of Eastern Europe in 1989.

“After a school year in France, I took the opportunity of location to visit parts of eastern Europe. I have relatively few photos from the trip, as film and developing were expensive on a student budget, but those I have depict a seemingly distant place, both in time and politics. One can’t see the Berlin Wall anymore, not as it was, nor cross through Checkpoint Charlie with East German guards running mirrors under the bus. Those days are gone.”

“The end of the Iron Curtain, which came just a few months after these photos, may have been the defining event of my generation. It removed the existential threat of total nuclear war. Of course, strife and conflict go on, but it's useful to remember sometimes how it was, all those scary theories of mutually assured destruction and the possibility of a doomsday exchange of ICBMs. Nowadays, these thoughts seem like a quaint relic of history.”

“I don’t have much commentary on these photos. I can't even remember where some of them were taken, much less why I decided on this view or that. I do remember being thoroughly relieved when I finally boarded the Air France flight headed from Moscow to Paris. The flight attendants looked so beautiful, perfumed, clad in crepe de chine, and they served us Evian water and such delicious bread. Water and bread, the little things in life.”

Germany. A red Wartburg, East Berlin, 1989

Germany. Brandenburg Gate, West Berlin, 1989

Germany. Dresden, 1989

Germany. Dresden, 1989

Germany. Memorial for the dead of the Wall, West Berlin, 1989

Germany. Part of the Neptunbrunnen fountain, with the Berliner Dom behind, East Berlin, 1989

Germany. Pergamon Museum, East Berlin, 1989

Germany. Sanssouci, 1989

Germany. West Berlin looking into East Berlin, 1989

Germany. West Berlin, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Hungary. Budapest, 1989

Czech Republic. Charles Bridge, looking up at Prague Castle, 1989

Czech Republic. Out the Prague Castle, Prague, 1989

Czech Republic. Prague, 1989

Czech Republic. Prague, 1989

Poland. Birthplace of Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Birthplace of Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Birthplace of Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Kraków, 1989

Poland. Miltary parade, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Miltary parade, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Royal Castle, Warsaw, 1989

Poland. Solidarity banners, 1989

Poland. Warsaw Old Town, 1989

Poland. Warsaw Old Town, 1989

Poland. Warsaw Old Town, 1989

Poland. Wedding, Warsaw, 1989

Polish countryside, 1989

Polish countryside, 1989

Polish countryside, 1989

Russia. General Staff Building, Leningrad, 1989

Russia. GUM Department Store, Moscow, 1989

Russia. GUM Department Store, Moscow, 1989

Russia. Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Moscow, 1989

Russia. Near Red Square, Moscow, 1989

Russia. Neva River, Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Petrodvorets, Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Petrodvorets, Leningrad, 1989

Russia. Red Square, Moscow, 1989

Russia. St. Nicholas Cathedral, Leningrad, 1989

Russia. The KGB Building, Moscow, 1989

Ukraine. Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Market, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Market, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Market, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Onion dome church, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Payphones, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Saint Andriivska, Kiev, 1989

Ukraine. Street cleaning, Kiev, 1989




1 comment:

  1. The images of the prague castle say Hungary, but should be Czechoslovakia ;)

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