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Albania: A Bunker for Every 4 People

Tuesday 02.05.2013 , Posted by

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard

Although it was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011, Albania is still a country unexplored and unknown to most. The small coastal nation, wedged between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, was once home to a long-running government overseen by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. When Dutch photographer David Galjaard recently visited the country, he created Concresco, a series based on one of the lasting reminders of that regime – over 750,000 cement bunkers. [Read more...]

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Vintage Inspiration: Groovy Posters of Eastern Europe

Monday 01.02.2012 , Posted by

You don’t get much more trippy than the far-out movie posters of Eastern Europe in the 60′s and 70′s. From Poland, Andre de Krayewski created as many as a dozen posters a year for both famous imported films and domestic creations, all with his signature art deco meets pop art style. Other artists like Jacek Neugebauer and Maciej Zbikowski helped further the style, using more bold contrasting colors and a heavy dose of symbolism. Most of the posters loosely (and I mean very loosely) interpreted the story of the film advertised, relying instead on the catchy artwork to draw in viewers. [Read more...]

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Russian Matchbox Covers Celebrate Fall Colors

Saturday 11.05.2011 , Posted by

Eastern Europe adopted modern design in the 50′s and 60′s like no other area of the world. From architecture to propaganda posters, the modern and minimalist aesthetic was everywhere. One of the common places these designs found a home was on the matchbox covers of the general public. In communist countries, propaganda for the space race was popular, but so were public health announcements about alcohol abuse, hygiene and safety on the roads… in the case of the labels displayed here, the simple message was to enjoy the beautiful outdoor colors of autumn [Read more...]

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