of the Gulag
© Rimgaudas Ruzgyz Women during a work break in front of a logging machine
© Rimgaudas Ruzgyz My motorbike!
© Rimgaudas Ruzgyz Rimgaudas Ruzgyz and his new motorbike in 1955
© Rimgaudas Ruzgyz Rimgaudas Ruzgyz on his motorbike in 1956
© Rimgaudas Ruzgyz Juozas Miliautskas and his family in front of his motorbike (1950s)
© Juozas Miliautskas
The importance of mechanisation
The glorification of mechanised work and the domination of man over nature were part of the Soviet discourse, and some witnesses adopted them. These photographs show the importance of machines and mechanical power, whether at work (particularly farm and forestry tractors) or in private life (the motorbike as a symbol of social success, especially for men).