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1937: Children's Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad
1937: Children's Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad

1937: Children's Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad

Regular price £100

1937: Children's Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad

Leningrad, Soviet Union

(Viktor Bulla)

A year after this picture was taken, the photographer, Viktor Bulla was either in exile, or dead.

A photographer like his father Karl, Viktor studied his craft in Germany before joining his father’s business.  He worked as a photojournalist for the Siberian Reserve Brigade during the Russian-Japanese war and went on to produce documentary films with his brother.

Viktor chronicled the 1917 Revolution in both stills and footage, and was an official portrait photographer to the Soviet Communist Party, photographing Lenin, Stalin and other leaders.

But in the late 1930s, he was denounced by an employee of the family firm as an “Enemy of the People’”  A forced confession to charges of spying saw him placed in exile, in solitary confinement, though it is possible that he was simply shot.

This image shows a large group of children - a unit of ‘Young Pioneers’ - demonstrating their readiness for war in the case of a gas attack. The ‘Young Pioneers’, or ‘Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization’ was a Soviet youth organisation for children between the ages of 10 and 15.



  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 40 x 30cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour