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February 18, 2024

56 Vintage Photos Capture Everyday Life in Moscow in 1965

Constantine Manos (born 1934 in South Carolina) is a Greek-American photographer known for his images of Boston and Greece. His work has been published in Esquire, Life, and Look. He is a member of Magnum Photos.

Manos first began taking photographs while in high school when he joined his school’s camera club. Within a few years, he was working professionally as a photographer. At 19, Manos was hired as the official photographer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. His photographs of the orchestra culminated in 1961 with his first published work, Portrait of a Symphony.

Manos graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1955, majoring in English Literature. He served in the military and then moved to New York City, working for various magazines. From 1961 to 1964, Manos lived in Greece, photographing people and landscapes. This work resulted in A Greek Portfolio, published in 1972, which won awards at Arles and the Leipzig book fair. In 1963, Manos joined Magnum Photos and became a full member in 1965.

In the late summer of 1965, Manos traveled to Moscow on assignment for an American organization whose mission was to take American professionals to the Soviet Union to meet their Russian counterparts. “In the mornings I photographed these meetings,” he said. “After lunch I was free and used this time to photograph people in the streets, mostly Russian tourists from the provinces. ”


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