Taking a breather: Hospital nurse Ludmilla Subocheva smokes on her break in the dining room. Photo: Peter Turnley

Poverty, prostitutes and the long, slow death of the Soviet Union: Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

Photo by Peter Turnley. Taking a breather: Hospital nurse Ludmilla Subocheva smokes on her break in the dining room.

Glum: Two dirty children look out the window in a coal-mining and steel-manufacturing community in Siberia enduring widespread economic hardships

Poverty, prostitutes and the long, slow death of the Soviet Union: Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

Glum: Two dirty children look out the window in a coal-mining and steel-manufacturing community in Siberia enduring widespread economic hardships Peter Turnely/CORBIS

Looks more like the 1970s: Women patients sit at a table with food and fold their laundry in a rundown hospital ward in Moscow in July 1991

Poverty, prostitutes and the long, slow death of the Soviet Union: Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

Looks more like the Women patients sit at a table with food and fold their laundry in a rundown hospital ward in Moscow in July Photo: Peter Turnley

The fall of the Berlin Wall. November 1989 © Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley - Moments of the Human Condition. Fall of the Berlin Wall, November

Romani women dressed in traditional scarves and long skirts pose for a photograph in Romania. © Peter Turnley/Corbis

beautiful romani women, love the style and the hair. A woman nursing her baby. I feel we should see more of these types of images in beauty magazines :)

A Bolivian family on the highway from La Paz to Oruro, 2006.  (Credit: Peter Turnley)

A Bolivian family on the highway from La Paz to Oruro, [Credit : Peter Turnley]

secretcinema1:  Music School, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, USSR, 1987, Peter Turnley

secretcinema1: Music School, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, USSR, 1987, Peter Turnley


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