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Photography USA


1976-1977

As one of the most visually-exciting exhibitions ever produced by USIA, this exhibit traveled to Kiev, Alma Ata, Tbilisi, Ufa, Novosibirsk, and Moscow. It attracted 1.5 million visitors to see the more than 800 photographs that were displayed. Thirty American companies participated in this exhibit.

[Photos by Paul Smith and U.S. Embassy Moscow]

1977: Opening banner hangs at exhibition center, Photography USA. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Opening banner hangs at exhibition center, Photography USA.
Tbilisi, 1977: Photography USA signboard advertises exhibit. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Photography USA signboard advertises exhibit.
Tbilisi, 1977: American Senator George McGovern drops by Photography USA. Exhibit Director Frank Ursina ,left, and Paul Smith ,far left, look on.  [Photo by U.S. Embassy Moscow, 1977]
American Senator George McGovern drops by Photography USA. Exhibit Director Frank Ursina (left) and Paul Smith (far left) look on. 
Tbilisi, 1977: A little girl and her grandmother wait in line, Photography USA exhibit.  [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
A little girl and her grandmother wait in line, Photography USA exhibit. 
 Tbilisi, 1977: Opening Ceremonies, Photography USA.  [Photo by U.S. Embassy Moscow, 1977]
Opening Ceremonies, Photography USA. 
1977: Guide John Beyrle demonstrates the Polaroid SX70. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Guide John Beyrle demonstrates the Polaroid SX70.
1977: Everyone wants a free photo from guide John Beyrle, Photography USA. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Everyone wants a free photo from guide John Beyrle, Photography USA.
1977: A guide gives an overview of Photography USA as Paul Smith ,right, observes.  [Photo by U.S. Embassy Moscow, 1977]
A guide gives an overview of Photography USA as Paul Smith (right)observes. 
Tbilisi, 1977: Boys have a close look at the Photography USA exhibit brochure. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Boys have a close look at the Photography USA exhibit brochure.
1977: An American guide describes the chemistry behind instant photos, Photography USA. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
An American guide describes the chemistry behind instant photos, Photography USA.
1977: Deputy Director Tom Robertson takes a break during Photography USA. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
Deputy Director Tom Robertson takes a break during Photography USA.
1977: American Guide John Beyrle shows crowd how to take a Polaroid photo at Photography USA exhibit. [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
American Guide John Beyrle shows crowd how to take a Polaroid photo at Photography USA exhibit.
1977: John Beyrle, returning as a general services officer, oversees breakdown of the Photography USA exhibit for moving on to the next city.  [Photo by Paul Smith, 1977]
John Beyrle, returning as a general services officer, oversees breakdown of the Photography USA exhibit for moving on to the next city. 
1977: A visit with the Mufti of Ufa with Director Paul Smith ,second from right, and Guide John Stepanchuk ,far right,. Tatar-speaking Guide Golnar du Chateau stands in the middle. [Photo by U.S. Embassy Moscow, 1977]
A visit with the Mufti of Ufa with Director Paul Smith (second from right) and Guide John Stepanchuk (far right). Tatar-speaking Guide Golnar du Chateau stands in the middle.


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