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Friday, October 29, 2010

Jonas Bendiksen - Satellites

Jonas Bendiksen's "Satellites" book is a compilation of some amazing photos. My favorites are the photos of the spacecraft crash zones. So cool.
The Soviet collapse spawned 15 new countries that are now established members of the international community. However, economic, political and ethnic disparities also gave birth to a series of far less known unrecognized republics, national aspirations and legacies. "Satellites" is the culmination of Jonas Bendiksen's fascinating seven-year photographic journey through unrecognized countries, enclaves, and isolated communities on the periphery of the former Soviet Union. The itinerary goes through places such as Transdniester, a breakaway republic in Eastern Europe, Abkhazia, an unrecognized country on the Black Sea, the religiously conservative Ferghana Valley in Central Asia, the spacecraft crash zones between Russia and Kazakhstan, and the Jewish Autonomous Region of Far Eastern Russia.

15 years after the fall of the USSR, Bendiksen's haunting photographs and text explore these restless territories' search for historical, religious and ideological identity, and forms a timely look into unfinished chapters of Soviet history.
Via The Middle Ground...

1 comment:

  1. Great imaginary photos!
    The first one with the snow is very beautiful... but strange at the same time.
    I guess the same goes for all those countries and republics.


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