Back in 1931, someone in the Soviet Union had the brilliant idea of printing an erotic alphabet book to combat adult illiteracy. Suffice to say that a fair bit of orgies and naughty bits are involved. Some of the letters even have something of a mythical element about them (hooves and wings?). If this is […]
When photographer Kirill Golovchenko found his way three years ago to Kachalka, a Soviet-era outdoor gym in Kiev, Ukraine, he was so fascinated that he shot enough for an entire book. The fitness facility is developed under Polish gymnast Kasimir Jagelsky and mathematics professor Yuri Kuk in the 1970s, and is free to use for […]
Arguably the worst building in the history of the world, the unfinished Ryugyong Hotel has marred North Korea’s Pyongyang’s skyline for over 20 years. Looming over the city, the ominous pyramid serves as a reminder of the former Soviet presence in the city. Currently, Egyptian architects have resumed construction of The Hotel of Doom, enclosing […]
There’s always multiple sides to every story, and while the Soviet Union has a serious rep for rigidity, as the We Heart blog points out, that’s hardly true of the architecture that emerged during its reign. Here, judge for yourself.
Boris Mikhailov was born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine. ‘Here and now’: this is his principal credo in photography. He made a series of photos called Case History, which are pictures of homeless people after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. It’s one of the best works found within social documentary photography.