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Photographer Rebecca Litchfield captures many abandoned location's, which were either part of the Soviet Union or occupied satellite states during this period of history, including forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, monuments, hospitals, theatres, military complexes, asylums & death camps across the former communist states. These photographs deliver a compelling narrative of both moral bankruptcy and flawed ideology. Featuring stunning imagery throughout, this compelling road-trip through the old USSR, breathes new life into these forgotten places, finding both beauty and meaning in their post-apocalyptic decay. Extended essays by Tristi Brownett, Neill Cockwill and Professor Owen Evans, offer considerable contextual depth to the locations imbuing them with a wealth of connection and wonder. By virtue of its holistic approach, the book also explores how and why these once thriving communities became abandoned, whether by natural disaster, man-made catastrophe or simply through the march of time.


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19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Stunning, breataking, and captivating! 11 juillet 2014
Par Ted Ulrich - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've barely had a chance to do more than leaf through the book so far, but even just doing that sent chills down my spine. This lady is a talented photographer and the images captured in this book are absolutely breathtaking. My wife has already sat down with the book and looked over every page, even though she has little interest in urbex or Soviet history. Truly an amazing collection of work from a superb artist!
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Simply stunning photographs, and fascinating narrative. 11 juillet 2014
Par A. R. Blenkinsop - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I preordered this book, and it finally arrived yesterday - it was so worth the wait! It is, quite simply, the best photography book that I've seen for anyone interested in Urban Exploration (Urbex), the beauty in decayed and abandoned objects and architecture, soviet history and the fall of the eastern bloc, or just great stories accompanied by unusual and beautiful photos from places most of us will never be lucky (or intrepid) enough to witness first-hand. At this price it's an absolute bargain - don't think twice, order yours today, you'll be glad you did!
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Gorgeous! 18 juillet 2014
Par J. Kramer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Just saw an article featuring several of the photographs from this book. They're stunning. Rebecca isn't just an intrepid, courageous explorer, she's a top flight photographer as well. Note that many of these locations aren't just dangerous to get to and explore because they're guarded or loaded with radiation, but also because they're in varying stages of decay; these places aren't always structurally safe to enter. To get these photos, though, those are the risks you have to be prepared to take.

I haven't yet seen the whole book. My only nitpick so far is with the Amazon description, so I don't know if it relates to Amazon or the book. "These photographs deliver a compelling narrative of both moral bankruptcy and flawed ideology."

Seriously? Go into ANY abandoned structure and you can get that. Definitely check out the American prison system, let alone Guantanamo, and you can get that. Look up photos of abandoned theme parks, hospitals, hotels, government buildings and military bases on the web. As for ideologies: ALL ideologies are flawed, and there's no nation on earth that can claim to be above moral bankruptcy. Ever. Not even imaginary nations like Atlantis escaped that. If this is the bland, obvious narrative that these photos are assembled around, then they're wasted on such a boring, tawdry point.

What one can hope for is to get a sense of the past life of such places, of the people who built them, lived or worked or were imprisoned in them. In this respect, from the few photos I saw, Rebecca delivers. One of the photos features a wall with the some of the lyrics of "L'Internationale" in Bulgarian, and it's hard to get more evocative than that. (You don't have to know Bulgarian; just google the song title for the translation in English.) Those were the ideals they were striving for, and by those words we can measure how they succeeded, and how they fell short, and in comparison, take some warning lessons for ourselves.

Elsewhere, there's a fantastic photo of an abandoned Soviet train engine that I found particularly striking. I'm sure other readers will find other images more powerful for them. The Bulgarian location from which the cover was drawn is spectacular. The photo of the submarine is a little out of place, since it's located in England, and has been a museum ship for years. It's not technically abandoned, as it was decommissioned and sold into private hands. Still, that doesn't detract from the consistent beauty and superb craftsmanship of Ms. Litchfield's work. I highly recommend her website to see more of her work.
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Like the layers of cracking paint long forgotten, there are layers to each chapter and image in Soviet Ghosts. 22 août 2014
Par Eric - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Fascinating book. Exceptionally written and the photography is stunning. I have traveled throughout Western Russia and parts of Eastern Siberia, but I was never able to see these locations. These pictures, and stories, offer a glimpse into the world that was the Soviet Union; a glimpse at a proud and beautiful people. I admire the courage and work of Ms Litchfield and her team to preserve the visual history of these forgotten monuments. This book is a must for anyone interested in Russia, the Soviet Union or architecture. Every time I pick up the book, I notice something new in the photographs. Like the layers of cracking paint long forgotten, there are layers to each chapter and image in this book.
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I discovered Rebecca Litchfield's photography through a link on an ... 3 novembre 2014
Par Gerry Nathanson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I discovered Rebecca Litchfield's photography through a link on an Urban Exploration website. I immediately pre-ordered "Soviet Ghosts". While attractive, I would not call it a "coffee table" book. It is a profound, historical document. It is not for browsing or skimming. There is no table of contents, nor will you find page numbers. Each of the 8 sections is introduced by a superbly written synopsis of the socio-economic-political era that the photographs represent. At the end of the book, each location photographed is listed and described in detail.
With the visual acuity, perception, and passion of an artist and her command of the technology of photography, Rebecca Litchfield creates masterpieces of the abandoned but not to be forgotten. The risks she takes to capture these places with her camera can not be overestimated. That this monumental volume came to market just a year after the first pictures were taken is astonishing!
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