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Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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For those that missed it (and considering the massive impact few could), a huge meteorite hit earth last week in Russia. In the land of the dash camera, videos far and wide captured the very rare event in its full shining glory – a missile like streak through the sky and an incredible window breaking crash following soon after. For the Russian population the event was one that stirred memories of the not so distant past, one of the tree flattening Tunguska event in Siberia just over 100 years ago. That blast was the largest impact event on earth in recorded history. [Read more...]

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Skywalking in Russia: Photographing High Points

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

What is there to do in Russia for fun? There is the drinking of good vodka (or bad if you live in Siberia), clubbing all night in Moscow or “Skywalking.” Yes, it’s not something involving lightsabers or dancing funky around cars, but rather climbing to ultra high points and taking photographs of being there. [Read more...]

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No Politics, Just a Joke: Satirical Art from Russia

Friday 11.30.2012 , Posted by

Nothing is sacred in Victoria Tsarkova’s new series and show, No Politics. Just a Joke. She has taken key figures from the world of politics and culture, mashing them up in unexpected ways which are highly satirical, funny and even a bit offensive. The 20 works recently featured in her current show near Moscow is drawing an enthusiastic crowd. [Read more...]

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Russian Statues Protest for Pussy Riot

Tuesday 08.28.2012 , Posted by

Earlier this year they were a mostly unknown feminist punk band from Russia… but now they have become an international phenomenon and a wakeup call to the reality of social freedoms in the modern Russian Federation. The group, called Pussy Riot staged an illegal concert on February 21st, on the steps of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. [Read more...]

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A Moscow Apartment Fully Decorated in Wood

Saturday 08.18.2012 , Posted by

Deep in the heart of Moscow is an apartment. In this apartment is wood, and…more wood and…oh yes, more wood! The very natural abode was designed by Petr Kostelov, a Russian architect who is quickly making a name for himself in the field. Every year Peter has consistently won awards for his unique residential designs. The wooden apartment is quite different than his previous houses; such as his multi-level apartment and this very industrial example also in Moscow; but his talent for pushing the limits is obvious throughout. [Read more...]

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Russian Weddings: Photoshopped

Tuesday 05.15.2012 , Posted by

When it’s time to get married, who is going to take your photos? In Russia, there are special photographers that take photos of the soon to be bride and groom and use a program called “photo shop” to make them look funny! Or in Russian, смешной! [Read more...]

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Haunting Graffiti in the Heart of Abandoned Chernobyl

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

Art will spread to all corners of the earth and beyond, proven here by these captivating, touching and even haunting images of graffiti around the abandoned area of Chernobyl Ukraine. The artists who created these works are as mysterious as the area itself, leaving behind stencils of small children as ghostly reminders of the vibrant life that once existed here. The images are the works of photographer Jan Smith, who has explored the nooks and crannies of the abandoned city, discovering other artists works tucked into its hidden corners. [Read more...]

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Icy Caverns Under The Tianuksa River

Tuesday 03.06.2012 , Posted by


There is a beauty that lies underneath the icy Tianuksa River in Leningradskaya Oblast, Russia. An otherworldly cavern of layered ice and glistening crystalline forming under the surface of the river. This phenomenon of a place was discovered by 55-year-old Russian photographer Yuri Ovchinnikov and his son completely by accident. Air gaps create a two foot gap allowing the brave explorers to carefully crawl into the cave in hopes that the ice would not crack beneath them. [Read more...]

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Trend Setting Movie Posters of 1920′s Russia

Wednesday 11.23.2011 , Posted by

The innovative and revolutionary duo, brothers Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, left an undeniable mark on design history. Growing up in Moscow during a time of huge upheaval, their talented hands kept busy working in graphic design, sculpture and theater… quickly establishing them as members of the avant-garde during the 1920s and early 1930s. [Read more...]

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Future Technology of the Old USSR

Monday 11.21.2011 , Posted by

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Until 1989, the USSR was a dominant world superpower, however their communist system kept tight reigns on what could go in and out of the country. Starting in 1957, the space race between the USA and Russia had the two countries competing for supremacy in space exploration.  This competition led both countries to push innovation and science in education. [Read more...]

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