Photobook Set #3

Concrete Siberia

Soviet Landscapes of the Far North

Authors: Zupagrafika & Alexander Veryovkin

ISBN: 9788395057465

Publisher: Zupagrafika


160 Pages

Size: 17 x 24 cm

Language: English

Released: 2020

# Photography # Sibera # Soviet Architecture

A photographic insight into the Soviet-era architecture of one of the most extreme, little-known and vast territories on Earth.

From the Ural Mountains to the Arctic Circle, the book features the extensive microrayons of Siberia’s urban centres, the brutal landscapes of industrial monotowns, cosmic circuses, concrete theatres and opera houses, as well as prefabricated panel blocks, or panelki, erected on permafrost.

Divided into 6 chapters, Concrete Siberia by Zupagrafika contains over 100 photographs capturing the stark splendour of post-war modernist architecture scattered around the cities of Novosibirsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Irkutsk and Yakutsk and the quotidian lives of their inhabitants.

Includes a foreword by architectural critic Konstantin Budarin, orientative maps and informative texts on the featured cities and buildings.

‘Prefabrication and serialisation became the key premises for Soviet urban development when Khrushchev came to power. For Siberia, it meant a new wave of colonisation. ’

– Excerpt from the foreword

Background info
After the release of their photobook Eastern Blocks, Zupagrafika went on to explore the post-war modernism of Siberia. David and Martyna selected a number of cities and locations and invited Russian photographer Alexander Veryovkin to capture them. The coldest city the photographer visited while shooting was Yakutsk. The temperature reached - 30 degrees Celsius.

Authors: David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka (Zupagrafika); Alexander Veryovkin (Photography)
Words, research, edition:
David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka (Zupagrafika)
Foreword: Konstantin Budarin
Publisher: Zupagrafika © 2020. All rights reserved

Concrete skyline in Yakutsk (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Panelki in Oganer microrayon ofNorilsk (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Brutalist Musical Theatre and post-war modernist housing estate of Omsk (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Industrial cityscapes of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia
Typical Soviet-era Breznhevki (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Concrete Sports Complex in Omsk, Siberia (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
The history of Soviet prefabrication and serialization in Yakutsk and Norilsk (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Soviet mosaics on the facades of panel blocks. Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Khruschevka and an abandoned prefab panel block in Oganer Microrayon, Norilsk (Concrete Siberia, Zupagrafika)
Landscapes of Norilsk, Siberia, former headquarters of the Norillag Gulag
Skyline and Precast panel blocks in Norilsk, Siberia
Political prisioners monunment "Siberian Convict Way" in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia
Lenin mosaic and Mig-21F Plane in Sovetsky District, Krasnoyarsk
The Globus Theatre by Orekhov in Novosibirsk, Siberia
Khrushchevki in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Sakha Republic
Soviet-era landscapes of Norilsk, Siberia
Lenin statue and panel block in Norilsk, Siberia
Soviet urbanisation in Siberia. Foreword of the photobook Concrete Siberia
Concrete Siberia, Soviet Landscapes of the Far North by Zupagrafika

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