Wedding parties like this one typically scurry around the city taking pictures at each of Vladivostok’s famous sites. This group is near Central Square. Victoria Crayhon
Two young hip-hop fans chill at Rocks Bar. Hip-hop and rap are popular here, but these two are zealots: They dress like this every
day, break dance in the street with their friends, and speak English the way Snoop Dogg does. Victoria Crayhon
A young couple walks near an apartment building painted with a mural typical of the late Soviet era. Mid income people live in such buildings. Victoria Crayhon
Swimming hole used daily by the Russian version of a local Polar Bear club. People dip in everyday for brief sessions up to maybe a minute, and then take saunas. Victoria Crayhon
Customers who want to eat outside in March enjoy windproof booths at one of the many ethnic eateries at Shamara, a seaside resort area just outside the city. Victoria Crayhon
Student union volunteers pass the time at a theater event at the University of Economics and Service. Victoria Crayhon
A couple practices in a dance studio space at the Pushkin Theater. The theater is over a hundred years old. Victoria Crayhon
Store bought cookies are delicious on Vladivostok. Afternoon "tea time" is common in professional circles. Victoria Crayhon
The Moscow Theatre of Classical Russian Ballet performs Tchaikovky’s Swan Lake at the Gorky Theater. Victoria Crayhon
Guests gather at a spring fashion show at the Sirena Club and Restaurant in Vladivostok. Victoria Crayhon
A forbidden cultural import during the cold war, American swing dance and rock 'n' roll are now seeing a jump in popularity among Russians who embrace the retro Americana.
Ann Törnkvist, Correspondent,
Sven Hultberg Carlsson, Correspondent /
December 25, 2012
As teenagers during the Soviet era, Sergey and Lyudmila Gubarev used to copy American-inspired songs onto cassette tapes that then made the rounds among their friends. The music on the tapes, spanning from the 1940s onward, offered them a peek through the Iron Curtain that closed off Western cultural imports.