• Crossing the Danube

    Between World War II and the fall of Communism, many fled Soviet-controlled East Germany and headed westward. The stories of these defectors have been exhaustively documented, but much less is known about the few who headed against the tide, west to...

  • Photographing the Children of Romania's Communist Estates

    During the communist period, housing estates were built all over Romania in an attempt to provide homes for workers. However, once the revolution came and capitalism swept in, the buildings were forgotten about and fell into disrepair.

  • Moscow Is a Paradise

    It's easy to think of Moscow as a city of mausoleums, giant Lenin statues, and propaganda art museums, but photographer Igor Baranchuk insists his hometown is about so much more than post-communist sadness.

  • Women Are 'Pretty Scenery' at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

    The most interesting story to come out of this week’s 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China isn’t the seven bland men who claimed the reins of power for the next ten years. It's the intensely demeaning portrayal of women in state-run...

  • Photographing the Towns Communist Romania Forgot

    Ioana Cîrlig and Marin Raica plan to travel around the heavily-industrialized areas left after the Communist period, documenting the lives of the people who ex-Romanian President Nicolae Ceauşescu turned from farmers into miners, then left bankrupt...

  • I Was Communist Romania's Top Model

    If I've learned anything from popular culture, it's that any country that has ever dabbled with communism has been MISERABLE. Everything is built from concrete and soil and people have to marry tractors. So, I wasn't wildly surprised when I heard that...