Red Square at the turn of the Millennium

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was going through economic meltdown – no wonder the times were nicknamed the “wild nineties”.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was going through economic meltdown – no wonder the times were nicknamed the “wild nineties”.

Gerbert Roten
Photos from the “Herbert Rothen. Red Square 1999. Streetlifephoto” exhibition.
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.
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.
It was then that Swiss photographer Herbert Rothen came to Moscow and headed straight for Red Square.
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.”
But the turn of the millennium saw the arrival of long-awaited stability, combined with positivity and belief in the future.
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