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Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain

  • 'Ambrosia? Nectar? Juice...' Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    'Ambrosia? Nectar? Juice...' Moscow, 1990

  • Bakery, One Piece of Cake, Krakow, 1988 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Bakery, One Piece of Cake, Krakow, 1988

  • Communal Juice Glass, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Communal Juice Glass, Moscow, 1990

  • Bakery, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Bakery, Moscow, 1990

  • Neighbourhood Grocery Store #2, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Neighbourhood Grocery Store #2, Moscow, 1990

  • Three Loaves of Bread, Krakow, 1988 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Three Loaves of Bread, Krakow, 1988

  • Hamburger Stand, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Hamburger Stand, Moscow, 1990

  • Soda Fountain, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Soda Fountain, Moscow, 1990

  • Meat #1, Moscow, 1990 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    Meat #1, Moscow, 1990

  • 'Poultry', Budapest, 1988 - Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain - The Gourmand

    'Poultry', Budapest, 1988

  • Writer and photographer David Hlynsky spent the latter half of the 1980s documenting the shop windows of the Eastern Bloc. A glance backward over the shoulder of post-modernity, Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain is Hlynsky's photographic record, published by Thames & Hudson. 

     

    "Twenty five years after my photographic exploration of the cities and streets under Soviet domination I have had much time to reflect.  First and foremost, east bloc citizens needed the same inventory of goods and services as we did in the west. We had that much in common. We shared the banal pace of everyday life and the fact that our respective cultures were dominated by their own core mythologies."

     

    Photography: David Hlynsky

     

    Window-Shopping Through the Iron Curtain 

    is available through Thames & Hudson

Window-Shopping Through The Iron Curtain