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 of its kind in that it would be published 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 story of how I learned to become a photojournalist by pretending to be a photojournalist against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the Eastern Bloc.
Lou Lesko is an American photographer and writer. He started 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, a former editor at National Geographic Assignment, and the author of two books. He also founded BlinkBid, the world’s best business software for creatives.