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160x200 mm hardback
192 pages
ISBN: 978-1-9162184-0-6
Published in 2020

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10% goes to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

French photographer Jason Guilbeau has used Google Street View to virtually navigate Russia and the former USSR, searching for examples of a forgotten Soviet empire.

From remote rural roadsides to densely populated cities, the photographs reveal traces of history in plain sight: a Brutalist hammer and sickle stands in a remote field; a jet fighter is anchored to the ground by its concrete exhaust plume; a skeletal tractor sits on a cast-iron platform; a village sign resembles a Constructivist sculpture. Passers by seem oblivious to these objects.

This collection of photographs portrays a surreal reality: it is a document of a vanishing era, captured by an omniscient technology that is continually deleting and replenishing itself – an inadvertent definition of Russia today.

Essay by Clem Cecil.

Reviews

There's a fighter jet on the pavement! Wonders of the Soviet roadside revolution
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian


Kneel before the bus! Soviet roadside wonders – in pictures
The Guardian


The Moscow Times


The Soviet relics capturing the obsessions of an empire
The Independent


Another Roadside Attraction
Degraded Orbit

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