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A photography book about the architecture of the post-Soviet republics by the Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov.
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 "Over the last three years I have visited all of the post-Soviet republics, where I stayed in more than two hundred cities. Now, with the photographs I have taken during this time, I want to make a book with FUEL Publishing. Please back this project to help get the book published.

In recent years Russian cities are visibly changing, architectural heritage of the Soviet period is not appreciated. Many unique modernist buildings have been destroyed or changed beyond recognition.

I was born in 1988 and know nothing about life in the USSR, but if we judge the past by it’s architecture and cultural heritage, it would appear to be a great civilization, with a fair society, built to explore nature and conquer space.

This civilization no longer exists and in my photographs I want to show what remains, to show the most outstanding buildings and constructions, to show where Soviet people lived and how Soviet cities once looked." ARSENIY KOTOV

Vostok-1 District, Minsk, Belarus
11th District, Dzerzhinsk, Russia
'The Smiths of Modernity' on the wall of the Institute for Nuclear Research, Kiev, Ukraine.
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"I like to take pictures during the winter in cloudy weather, not long after sunset or just before sunrise. In photography this period of time is called the blue hour. It allows you to see warm yellow colours inside windows of living blocks and the twilight gloomy colours outside." ARSENIY KOTOV

6 postcards

"If you want to take a good city landscape photograph - you have to get higher. The aesthetic value of the district is difficult to understand from the ground, moving from house to house. The beauty is incorporated in the modernist plan of the Soviet residential community, which can only be appreciated from above." ARSENIY KOTOV


10x8" print no.1
10x8" print no.2
10x8" print no.3
10x8" print no.4
10x8" print no.5
10x8" print no.6
10x8" print no.7
10x8" print no.8

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Now that the photography has been done we would like to get a book published. We need to raise the funds to get this book produced to a high standard. If we make this target there are no further risks.

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