Photographer's Note

For the last few weeks I have been showing photos from a journey to China in 1986. Before I left for Beijing I spent a day in Moscow, which then of course was still the capital of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the U.S.S.R.

This is the well known Red Square by the Kremlin. The low building in the centre of the picture is the mausoleum of Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet leader. In those days there was still always a long line of thousands of people waiting to get in to catch a glimpse of his mummified body. I stood in line for maybe half an hour, some 500 metres away, before I left the queue. I had only moved a few metres and decided I wouldn't waste my only day in town just to see a mummy. (While in Beijing I saw Mao Zedong instead.)

Today I think there are fewer people lining up to see Lenin. Otherwise not much would look very different here. Possibly the "official" photographers are out of business, now that everyone has a mobile phone with a resonably good camera.

Another view from central Moscow in 1986, which I am sure will astonish those who know the city today, can be seen in a workshop.

Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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