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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more…]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more…]

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These Hermits Have Chosen To Live Alone In The Wild

Tuesday 08.19.2014 , Posted by
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Society is not always the most welcoming place for all types of people and some have chosen to live their lives outside of the norm. Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko captures the wild lives of people who have left communities behind to live alone in the forest. Working with the land, they create homes among the trees in the Russian and Ukranian forest. He has compiled his collection of photographs in a book called Escape. [Read more…]

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Moscow to Get Futuristic “Batmobile” Trams That Run 50km on Batteries Alone

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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Already dubbed the “iPhone on rails” and the “Batmobile,” Moscow streets may soon be rolling with these highly futuristic new trams called the Russia One, or R1. Debuted last week by tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, the next-generation tram looks to bring an ultra-modern transportation system to thousands of miles of Soviet-era tracks. [Read more…]

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City of Shadows: Ghostly Figures Wander Post-Soviet St. Petersburg

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, people wandered the northern city of St. Petersburg like shadows of their former selves. It was the beginning of 1992, the middle of winter, and photographer Alexey Titarenko was walking the streets of his native city during a short, dark day. The strange quiet of the once joyful and dynamic place struck him, as did the empty shelves in stores and the desperation on the faces of a population caught up in the midst of political upheaval. He pulled out his camera. [Read more…]

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This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see. [Read more…]

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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more…]

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Sasha Unisex Will Make You Want All of Her Colorful Tattoos

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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I’ll admit it, I’m a tattoo virgin – but if I was going to get inked, I’d want my first date to be with Sasha Unisex. Her painterly tattoos are colorful and filled with imaginatively hued animal life that convey a load of emotion. When I say painterly I mean it too – before putting her work on skin, she does a precise watercolor of her design, getting all the details right before making it permanent. [Read more…]

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Photos of Bizarre Post-Soviet Era Buildings

Monday 02.03.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Frank Herfort had one mission when he embarked on a 15,000 mile road-trip tour of post-USSR countries: to capture the most bizarre architecture in the land. After the Soviet Union fell, many cities previously under communist rule began to build grandiose, colorful structures – many with the intention to impress and symbolize a new day. Herfort traveled from Moscow to the Russian/Chinese border on the eastern side and everywhere in between. [Read more…]

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The Last Supper: Clever Illustrations That Perfectly Utilize the Book Crease

Thursday 11.07.2013 , Posted by

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Every time you look through this series of illustrations by Nataliya you will discover more details to make you smile. The Russian artist gives us a peek into her creative mind with these twisted drawings that she collectively calls The Last Supper. The series features several animals, including some humans, sitting down to dinner. The coolest part about each picture is that Nataliya used the crease of her drawing book to give more dimension to the drawings, so that when the book is open, it looks like the kooky characters are sitting at a table. [Read more…]

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