Old Leningrad [1930-1950]

"In 1931 the magazine USSR in Construction decided to publish a special issue given over to Leningrad. I was charged to take pictures of the city from an airplane R-5. It was a tough job. There were low clouds in the sky. Moreover, a storm blew up. A bit later, the sky cleared but the wind kept on. I dared to work in the stormy weather and asked the pilot to fly as low as possible" Boris Ignatovich. Unfinished book, 1973
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Assembling a turbine, 1931. Taken at the Stalin metalworks in Leningrad, which made the USSR's first hydraulic turbines in 1924, and first gas turbines in 1958. Russia

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Revolutionary necropolis, 1931. A memorial complex for victims of the revolution on the Field of Mars. Made from red granite by architect Rudnev. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Gorky House of Culture, 1931. This was the first house of culture built in constructivist style, on Strike Square in 1937, by architect A.I. Gegello. It won a Grand Prix award at the World Exhibition in Paris that year. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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New apartment buildings, 1931. Near the Narva Triumphal Arch. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Spit of Vasil'ev island, 1931. Sculpture of the rostral column and the former stock exchange building, by architect Jean-Francois Thomas de Thomon. Leningrad, Russia

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Arms of the Neva river, 1931. On the left, on Krestovsk island, is the regional sailing club. On the right, on Yelagin island, Kirov Park is under construction. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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Factory smokestack, 1931. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

Strike Square, 1931. In Moscow-Narva district, located at the intersection of Strike Street, Young Proletariat Prospect, Narva Street, and Sutugin Street. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

An Atlantean, 1931. One of 10 figures of Atlanteans on the Hermitage portico, by the sculptor Terebenev. He prepared them over the course of two years, with help from about 150 stone masons, finishing in 1848. Leningrad, Russia

The Winter Palace, 1931. Residence of several generations of Russian tsars, the work of architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. From a series of photos of Leningrad from the air, taken for the magazine “USSR in Construction”. Russia

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