WILD EAST MEETS WILD WEST: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NAKHODKA, RUSSIA BY GEORGY PAKIN

Fires and Flags by Tobey Sanford Originally published in Life magazine

Fires and Flags by Tobey Sanford
Originally published in Life magazine

September 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013

DOCUMENTING A REMARKABLE CHAPTER in Russian-American relations, Wild East Meets Wild West provides a taste of life in a distant, little-known part of the Pacific Rim that has much in common with our own region. Bellingham Cold Storage founder Jim Talbot introduced Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest to Nakhodka in 1976 through the creation of joint-fishing operations— a venture that flourished even as official US and USSR relations remained hostile.

Nakhodka news photographer Georgy Pakin’s photos vividly portray daily life in and around Nakhodka during Soviet and post-Soviet times, including the presence of Americans in Nakhodka, its large fishing operations and other activities associated with the Nakhodka-Bellingham relationship.