There is a lovely article here from the BBC news magazine about the work of David Hlynsky. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain he photographed as much as he could of the quickly disappearing Communist world. The article focuses on the a tantalising set of still-life pictures of shop windows, which offer a glimpse of life in the old Communist cities. It states, “in the introduction to a book of the project published by Thames & Hudson, Hlynsky relates his experiences. He notes that the shops of the East hid as much as they revealed about the real economy. The arrival of new stock was passed by word of mouth, he says, which meant advertising was replaced by rumour and gossip. People in the know would stockpile items while they were available, then later trade for other goods.”
If you want to know more about his work then his website is here .