Topic: soviet union

Ukraine, Lugansk City.
Photo Essay

Strong Arm of the State: Alexander Chekmenev’s Post-Independence Ukraine Passport Photos

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine had to go through the process of issuing new passports to all of its citizens, roughly 50 million of them. As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, many of those citizens were shut-ins, elderly and bedridden, and in order to take their passport pictures someone had to go around making house calls with a camera.

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Villagers along a canal near the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Out There

The Surreal World of Central Asia: Two Rivers by Carolyn Drake

For her new book, Carolyn Drake spent five years and 15 trips roaming the expanse of Central Asia, documenting the hardy people of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan who survived on the fringes of empires Russian and Chinese.

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© Boris Savelev, Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Toolbox

Color Constructions From a Rocket Engineer Turned Photographer

Boris Savelev, who spent his working life in the former Soviet Union as a rocket engineer, brings the same methodical eye to his photography and printing process. Color Constructions, a new exhibition of his work, represents the apex of his experimentation in printmaking.

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