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Satellites: Photographs from the Fringes of the Former Soviet Union is the culmination of Jonas Bendiksen’s fascinating seven-year photographic journey. Jonas Bendiksen roamed around the “satellite” nations of the former USSR for several years, making stunning photographs and writing short eloquent articles. Jonas Bendiksen. · Rating details · 41 ratings · 2 reviews. This culmination of a fascinating seven-year photographic journey takes viewers through the.

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It reminds us that, despite the sophistication of modern technology, which creates spacecraft looking to the heavens for answers, we should be looking for answers here, on Earth.

And this is also the conundrum of such compelling projects: The International Magazine of Photography Books “Bendikesen’s book conveys images of destruction, poverty and desperation, amplified by the gloomy times he chooses to satellitee the jjonas But there is also a certain warmth and strength depicted on people’s faces, as well as the promise of the future to come Satellites is a dense and beautiful, yet emotional, probe of forgotten lands.

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This culmination of a fascinating seven-year photographic journey takes viewers through the countries and enclaves once held in orbit by the immense gravity of Moscow, the nucleus of the Soviet empire.

Now each region is on its own in a chaotic political environment, sometimes without diplomatic recognition from neighbors, much less the international community. Abkhazia, an unrecognized country on the Black Sea, was once the natural pearl of the empire, where bellicose generals and productive factory managers came to relax.

The spacecraft crash zones between Russia and Kazakhstan reveal a Soviet-inflected version of the entrepreneurial spirit. In Transdniester, a breakaway region of Moldova that survives by functioning as a giant black market for illicit traffic in all manner of goods, from leftover Soviet munitions to bootlegged booze, Bendiksen was expelled on the grounds that he was a “protagonist in an international spy ring.

We may not hear much about them today, but we will certainly hear more as the fall of the Iron Curtain continues to reverberate throughout the region. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Places We Live.


Customers who bought this item also bought. Review “No matter how brilliant, Bendiksen’s captionless photographs–stark streetscapes, desolate landscapes, claustrophobic interiors–can’t begin to describe the bloody history or current collapse of these self-styled sovereign states, but his brief introductions to each splinter republic do the trick succinctly and with wit. Aperture; 1st Aperture Ed edition March 15, Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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As the title for this review states, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The quality of photography sarellites outstanding and the black border presentation is quite effective.

I also found the commentary illuminating, albeit a bit on the short side. But I must say that the subject matter is just fascinating. That region jlnas undergone some huge and traumatic satellite in a very short period of time and this book captures the raw essence of those changes.

This book gives a very illustrated insight into the fringe of the former USSR. Extremely interesting to read and the photographs are amazing, very atmospheric. The images of the crash zone for the Russian space program are my favorite, they’re like weird movie-sets.

The book is great! That Bendiksen’s space shot metaphor for the rise and fall of the outskirts or the jonnas Soviet Union is particularly apt is made clear by the images in the book. It begins with the industrial black market wasteland of Transdniester, and finishes on the debris strewn plains of Kasakstan waiting for space junk to fall so that it can be scavenged for precious metals.

None of now independent places that he traveled to in creating this collection of images have prospered in the wake of the fall of the USSR, and the overwhelming picture is of people living in the concrete ruins of the soviet state.


Images of ruins and people jonws are beset by the ravages of time, weather and war, but refuse to collapse completely into satelliyes. I’ve never written an Amazon review, but after finding this book, I want to say how much I loved it! Jonas Bendiksen takes jomas remarkable concept: It is beautifully documented with a lyrical eye. It is also a book that deserves many visits because the images evoke layers of emotions.

The photographer is obviously passionate about revealing a collective truth that lies among the ruins of the former Soviet Union.

I bought satellites on a whim, as I had seen some of Jonas Bendiksen’s work and been impressed. After viewing this book time and time again, he is now one of my favourite photographers.

The use of colour and the interesting compositions are awesome. One person found this helpful. Everithing makes you think you’ll find a lot of photographs of satellites inside this book: See all 7 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? The Last Testament Paperback. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us.

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