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Soviet Signs and Street Relics

Soviet Signs and Street Relics

by Jason Guilbeau

Published by Fuel

8"x6.5" 192p w/ 180 in color, hardcover


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For this volume of Russia’s forgotten world of avant-garde public signage (the latest in Fuel’s collectible Soviet series), French photographer Jason Guilbeau has used Google Street View to virtually navigate Russia and the former USSR, searching for examples of a forgotten Soviet empire. The subjects of these unlikely photographs are incidental to the purpose of Google Street View, captured by serendipity, rather than design, they are accorded a common vernacular. Once found, Guilbeau strips the images of their practical use by removing the navigational markers, transforming them according to his own vision. This collection of photographs portrays a surreal reality: it is a document of a vanishing era, captured by an omniscient technology that is continually deleting and replenishing itself, an inadvertent definition of Russia today.