Gelatin silver print
11" x 14" (Actual image size: 9 3/4" x 12")
Khabarovsk Airport is the air tranport hub of the Soviet Far East. Here, Russian and Ukrainian traders are en route from Harbin, Manchuria, to the European Soviet cities. With them are bundles of down coats and polyester shirts, cheap in China but scarce in the Union. They must wait a week or more in the air terminal for the chance to bribe their way onto a flight going West. Surprisingly, they do not grumble about the tedious wait; they are biding their time in one another's company, taking turns watching the goods, daydreaming of spending their earnings. Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. September 1992.
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