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Shop Windows - Workers' Reflections, Moscow, 1930

Margaret Watkins
Canadian, 1884 - 1969
gelatin silver print
15.7 x 21.2 cm
Purchased 1984 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
National Gallery of Canada (no. 20630)

The subject matter in Watkins’ images from the Soviet Union was generally determined by the sites she visited as part of the Intourist program. She also found photographic subjects in the daily routines and scenes of Moscow’s streets. Storefront window displays, such as the one in this image, caught her eye as they had done in Paris. Images of Lenin in the form of posters, busts (seen here) and public monuments also fell under her scrutiny.

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