Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek


On June 16, 1925 in the Crimea opened a children’s camp “Artek”. The first shift came 80 pioneers from Moscow, Ivanovo-Voznesensk and the Crimea. The following year, Artek was visited by the first foreign delegation — pioneers from Germany.

First, the guys lived in canvas tents. Later, on the shore, while lightweight plywood houses were built. In the 1930s, thanks to the winter building built in the upper park, Artek was gradually transferred to year-round open camp.

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

We invite you to see a selection of photos of Claudine Doury, who is a member of the agency “VU”. She chose for her reporting two main topics – the study of changes in the countries of Eastern Europe, as well as the metamorphosis of the youthful period of life.

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

In 2004, Claudine’s book “Artek, un été en Crimée” (Artek — in the summer in Crimea) was published in Paris, in which photographs taken by the Frenchwoman from 1994 to 2003 were collected. Perhaps this series is almost the only selection of photos about the real life of Artek. There are no boring staged photos, dry and formal. All the pictures of Claudine — this is a true story about Artek life, about growing up and subtle experiences.

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Some of the photos of Claudine caused absolute enthusiasm, others subjected them to crushing criticism. As one counselor said: “It’s just horror! She has children in their clothes lying on the bedspreads on the beds! Moreover, they also play cards.” And five years after the release of the album, it happened that she appeared in a scandalous case about the corruption of children by the administration of the camp, passing as evidence. Ukrainian psychologists reproached Doury that she made a series of photographs for “adults who are prone to pedophilia.”

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

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Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Ambiguous photos of post-Soviet Artek

Veronika Andromache
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