Lou Lesko

the ghost of communism

lou lesko

In 1989 I was selected to go to the Soviet Union to photograph the premier issue of a magazine entitled Montage. It was the first publication to ever be published simultaneously in the United States and in Russia.

The Berlin Wall had just fallen, Poland and Hungary had converted to a non-communist government, and the people of Romania were about to violently overthrow their country’s Communist regime.

The Ghost of Communism tells the true story of the striking Cold War photo that was almost lost forever and the photographer who almost lost it.

about lou lesko

lou lesko

Lou Lesko is an American photographer and writer. He started by shooting pictures in the fashion industry and then expanded his métier to include photojournalism so he could travel to splendid places on someone else’s dime. His work has been published worldwide and has been recognized as “pretty gosh darn good” by a few award bestowing associations.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s writing program, a Lowell Thomas Award winner for photojournalism, and a former editor at National Geographic Assignment. He is also the founder of BlinkBid, the world’s best bidding and production software for creatives.