Monday, February 22, 2016

'Soviet Bus Stops' (2015): Photographer Christopher Herwig's Images of Bus Stops from the Soviet-era

Photographer Christopher Herwig began his work with documenting bus stops that were built during the Soviet-era in 2002, and after extensive travel, these images has now been brought together in his book "Soviet Bus Stops" (2015).

Photographer Christopher Herwig first discovered the unusual architecture of Soviet-era bus stops during a 2002 long-distance bike ride from London to St. Petersburg. Challenging himself to take one good photograph every hour, Herwig began to notice surprisingly designed bus stops on otherwise deserted stretches of road. Twelve years later, Herwig had covered more than 18,000 miles in 14 countries of the former Soviet Union, traveling by car, bike, bus and taxi to hunt down and document these bus stops.

The local bus stop proved to be fertile ground for local artistic experimentation in the Soviet period, and was built seemingly without design restrictions or budgetary concerns. The result is an astonishing variety of styles and types across the region, from the strictest Brutalism to exuberant whimsy.

Soviet Bus Stops is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of Soviet bus stop design ever assembled, including examples from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, the disputed region of Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Estonia. Originally published in a quickly sold-out limited edition, Soviet Bus Stops, named one of the best photobooks of 2014 by Martin Parr, is now available in this highly anticipated, expanded smaller-format trade edition.

Balti, Moldova:

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan:

Saratek, Armenia:

Another photographer that I have previously written about is Alexandra Soldatova, who has taken on a project similar to this in which she documents murals that have been painted onto bus stops in Belarus.

Featured image: Bus stop in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan.

Via Boing Boing.

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