There is so much of this I hadn't the slightest idea about. It is certainly one of the great strengths of an infographic: being able to take it all in, nearly all at once.
An apartment on the Right Bank owned by Madame de Florian, an affluent Parisian socialite and actress, was left suddenly when the Nazis rolled into Paris.
Even though she never returned, she kept paying the rent all the way up to her death at 91.
Among the exquisite architectural details, the tapestries, the view into a bygone era, was found the painting discovered to be Madame de Florian herself, painting by renowned 19th century Italian Giovanni Boldini. The painting, and several handwritten love letters from Boldini seem to confirm that she was in fact his muse.
The years between now and 1989 (when the Soviet Union started its disintergration) are the same as between 1989 and 1964. Twenty-five years.
English photographer Rebecca Litchfield spent over twenty of those 25 years sneaking around Russia snapping pictures, sometimes at the peril of her safety and freedom.
“Not many explorers travel to Russia, where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. There are serious consequences for getting caught. We managed to stay hidden for all of the trip, we maximised our stealthiness, ducking and diving into bushes and sneaking past sleeping security. But on day three our good fortune ran out as we visited a top secret radar installation. After walking through the forest, mosquitos attacking us from all directions, we saw the radar and made our way towards it, but just metres away suddenly we were joined by military and they weren’t happy…”