Lotte Jacobi: Photographer in the USSR

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Ruth Jacobi, Lotte Jacobi, ca. 1940

Moscow, Bukhara, and Samarkand!

Cathedrals, factories, and homes. Great Islamic monuments.

Politicians, scientists, and farmers. Women trading in the bazaar.

Lotte Jacobi’s photographs bear witness to both the dramatic and the everyday during a pivotal historical period in the USSR.

Follow Lotte Jacobi’s trip in 1932-1933 through Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan on our interactive map. Find out what her remarkable photographs can tell us about the cities, people, and places, as well as the economic and social transformations, in Russia and Central Asia under Joseph Stalin's brutal rule in the early 1930s.

The German-American Lotte Jacobi (1896-1990) is one of the great portrait photographers of the twentieth century. Yet, less familiar are her photographs of the USSR.

Images used on this website are culled from almost 2400 USSR photographs by Jacobi located in the Lotte Jacobi Papers in the Milne Special Collections and Archives at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA.

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Jacobi's Photograph Collection