Lotte Jacobi: Photographer in the USSR

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Ruth Jacobi, Lotte Jacobi, 1935

Moscow, Bukhara, and Samarkand!

Cathedrals, factories, and homes. Imposing Islamic monuments.

Politicians, scientists, and farmers. Women trading in bazaars, teaching in classrooms, working in factories.

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

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. This website aims to introduce Jacobi's work from the USSR by making newly digitized photographs, as well as essays exploring their historical context, more readily available to students, researchers, and the general public.

Follow Lotte Jacobi’s trip in 1932-1933 through Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan on our 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.

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. For further information on the Jacobi Archive, please see Contacts and Permissions.

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