USSR photos by Jacques Dupaquier.
French historian and academician, Jacques Dupaquier’s work and methods contributed to the development of the historical Demographie. Jacques was traveling in the USSR thrice in 1956, 1964, and 1975. And the list of places he visited were Moscow, Leningrad, Tula, Smolensk, Minsk, Uzbekistan, Caucasus, Cuban, and Ukraine …
Let’s get in our time machine and take a look at the travel from Moscow to Krasnodar of 1964. Although Dupaquier was not a professional photographer, the color images he took on his Leica during this journey formed a vivid record of early Khrushchev and post-Stalin Era.
Meanwhile, Jacques-Dupaquie joined the Communist Party in 1943 and was secretary of cell Pontoise until 1956, when he was expelled. However, the reason is unclear, but probably due to his visit to Soviet Russia and Uzbek Republic. Jackues was part of a French mission to the USSR in September 1956, organized after the 20th Congress of the Communist Party. In particular, when Nikita Khrushchev denounced the personality cult and Stalinism (dictatorship of Joseph Stalin).
This legendary building, officially called ‘The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat’. The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite ‘holy fool’.