Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Photographing Communist, Soviet-Era Architecture

90 buildings, scattered around 14 ex-soviet states, without trend, without a common 'school.' Is this evidence of pure innovation? Indeed it is to Frédéric Chaubin, French photographer and editor of Citizen K, who was fascinated by this unexplored window of Soviet architecture in the 1920s through to the 1950s, what he calls its fourth and final stage. Benedikt Taschen when approached with the idea of publishing the book, was equally enthusiastic about the idea and working with Chaubin, six months down the line we have it: 'Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed' in our Crane.tv office.

Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed by Frederic Chaubin,
£34.99, is published by TASCHEN and is available to buy now
at www.taschen.com.
Text by Carmen Ho for Crane.tv
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