After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was going through economic meltdown – no wonder the times were nicknamed the “wild nineties”.Gerbert Roten
The photos presented at the “Herbert Rothen. Red Square 1999. Streetlifephoto” exhibition show a city on the verge of a new life and a new reality. The exhibition runs till August 31, 2016, at the Museum of Moscow.Gerbert Roten
He made many great shots, among them a Lenin lookalike talks with youngsters about communist ideas, while a girl behind sports a T-shirt with a Monika Lewinsky photo.Gerbert Roten
It was then that Swiss photographer Herbert Rothen came to Moscow and headed straight for Red Square.Gerbert Roten
It offers visitors a frozen glimpse of a rainy Russian summer back in 1999, full of optimism and happiness. According to Rothen, “Street photography can capture a snapshot of time, often just a fraction of a second.”Gerbert Roten
But the turn of the millennium saw the arrival of long-awaited stability, combined with positivity and belief in the future.Gerbert Roten
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