"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GEORGIA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE FROM THE SOVIET UNION, MARCH 31, 1991

GEORGIA 
DECLARES INDEPENDENCE
FROM THE SOVIET UNION
MARCH 31, 1991

(the Soviet Union continues for another nine months) 


Tbilisi Old Town, USSR 1984 
Part of the distinctive look of Georgia 

Monday, March 29, 2010

DESCENT INTO THE MOSCOW METRO

DESCENT

INTO

THE METRO


MOSCOW SUBWAY

NEAR RED SQUARE

OPPOSITE THE NATIONAL HOTEL

(INTOURIST HOTEL TO THE RIGHT)

BACK IN THE USSR

1984

Saturday, March 27, 2010

THE PUTINS AT THE HEIGHTS

THE PUTINS AT THE HEIGHTS
HALF-A-DOZEN YEARS LATER
(see previous post, March 26, 2010)


VLADIMIR & LYUDMILA PUTIN
HOSTING A DINNER
FOR THE G-8
AT THE PETERHOF PALACE
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

Friday, March 26, 2010

TEN YEARS ON: A DECADE SINCE VLADIMIR PUTIN WAS FIRST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA

TEN YEARS ON
A DECADE SINCE
PUTIN WAS FIRST ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA


VLADIMIR PUTIN EMERGES

FROM VOTING IN

THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,

MOSCOW, MARCH 26, 2000.

ON THE LEFT IS HIS WIFE,

LYUDMILA PUTINA.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

THE DOMES OF ST. BASIL'S, MOSCOW

TWO HISTORIC CHURCHES IN
RUSSIA'S "TWO CAPITALS"
MOSCOW &
ST. PETERSBURG


ST. BASIL'S CATHEDRAL
RED SQUARE, MOSCOW

in ST. PETERSBURG
is
"MORE LIKE ST. BASIL'S IN MOSCOW
THAN ST. ISAAC'S IN ST. PETERSBURG"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CHILDREN AT SCHOOL: CHINA THEN & NOW

CHILDREN AT SCHOOL


TWO GIRLS IN KINDERGARTEN
PLAY AT BEING DOCTORS
NANJING, CHINA, 1981


A MAN DESCRIBED AS BEING A
"FORMER DOCTOR AT A COMMUNITY CLINIC"
STABS AND STABS
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
KILLING AT LEAST EIGHT
NANPING (FUJIAN PROVINCE)
CHINA, 2010


Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

KLAVDIA YELTSIN (THE MOTHER OF BORIS YELTSIN) d. 1993

KLAVDIA YELTSIN
THE MOTHER
OF BORIS YELTSIN
d. March 21, 1993 (85 y. o.)


AT HOME IN SVERDLOVSK
(YEKATERINBURG), RUSSIA (USSR) 1991

HER SON, BORIS YELTSIN, WAS
THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA

Friday, March 19, 2010

OBAMA-CLINTON: THE NEW YORK TIMES DECIDES AN ARTICLE IS CALLED FOR: "After a Bitter Campaign, Forging an Alliance"

OBAMA-CLINTON

DECIDES AN ARTICLE IS CALLED FOR
"After a Bitter Campaign, Forging an Alliance"


BARRACK OBAMA
&
HILLARY CLINTON
IN
UNITY
(NEW HAMPSHIRE)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

JOHN UPDIKE b. March 18, 1932

JOHN UPDIKE

March 18, 1932-January 27, 2009


UPDIKE AT HOME

ON LABOR-IN-VAIN ROAD
IPSWICH, MASSACHUSETTS

When "I broke my foot so I grew a beard"

More to be found here

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

MIKHAIL KHODORKOVSKY vs. VLADIMIR PUTIN


KHODORKOVSKY
vs.
PUTIN


Mikhail Khodorkovsky
In His Heyday

THE PRISONER
TAKES ON
THE PRIME MINISTER

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"VOTE WEAKENS PUTIN'S PARTY," SCREAMS THE HEADLINE

"VOTE WEAKENS
PUTIN'S PARTY,"
SCREAMS THE HEADLINE


OR DOES IT?

OTHERS SEE
MORE SUBTLE MACHINATIONS
AT HAND.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

THE SPIRES OF THE CHURCH ON SPILLED BLOOD

THE SPIRES OF
THE CHURCH ON
SPILLED BLOOD


IN COMMEMORATION
OF TSAR ALEXANDER II,
ASSASSINATED ON
THIS SPOT IN
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA,

MORE LIKE ST. BASIL'S IN MOSCOW
THAN ST. ISAAC'S IN ST. PETERSBURG

More of the Church here

Saturday, March 13, 2010

TSAR ALEXANDER II ("THE LIBERATOR") ASSASSINATED 1881

TSAR ALEXANDER II
("THE LIBERATOR")
ASSASSINATED
MARCH 13 (N.S.) 1881

Храм Воскресения Христова

(Спас на крови)

THE CHURCH OF

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

(THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD)

BUILT ON THE SPOT

IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA,

WHERE

ALEXANDER II

WAS ASSASSINATED


Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV TAKES POWER IN THE SOVIET UNION, March 11, 1985

MARCH 11, 1985

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV
TAKES POWER
IN THE SOVIET UNION


IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT
CAME TO POWER IN THE SOVIET UNION.
HERE HE IS SHAKING HANDS
WITH HIS NEMESIS,
AT YELTSIN'S INAUGURATION
AS THE FIRST POPULARLY-ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA (July 10, 1991).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OUR PLANE LOST A BUTTON & SO... CHINA THEN

OUR PLANE
LOST A BUTTON
& SO...


IN 1981, IN CHINA, WE WERE TOLD THAT
OUR PLANE HAD LOST A BUTTON.
SO WE LANDED IN JI'AN,
DEFINITELY NOT A TOURIST TOWN.
EARLY IN THE MORNING
I WANDERED TO
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER
AND FOUND
A SCHOOL ABOUT TO COMMENCE,
INCLUDING AMONG ITS PUPILS
THIS REMARKABLY SELF-POSSESSED
YOUNG WOMAN OF A GIRL.

CHINA THEN AND NOW