Soviet Ghosts: The Soviet Union Abandoned: A Communist Empire in Decay

Soviet Ghosts: The Soviet Union Abandoned: A Communist Empire in Decay

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Rebecca Litchfield


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  • Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 254mm x 23mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Darlington
  • ISBN 10: 1908211164
  • ISBN 13: 9781908211163
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (colour)
  • Sales rank: 38,679

Product description

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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Author information

Rebecca Litchfield is a fine art photographer and a former Professional Photographer of the Year.

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By Joshua Barretto 05 Nov 2014 5

I've had Soviet Ghosts since it was first released and in that time I've read it at least three times, cover to cover. 'Haunting' isn't the right word to describe this book. Regardless of the title (and some online reviews), the imagery is so much more than just 'haunting'. The book is full of stunningly executed images by a photographer who is more courageous than I.

If you are a photographer reading this review, buy this book. Don't hesitate. Just do it. This book challenged me to take my photography further and gave me something to aspire to. The stories of being arrested, hiding, the cold and the history of these beautiful places make me want to grab my camera, get in my car and be daring! And, the best part is, that's exactly what I did after each read.

If you're not a photographer, this book won't give you just a stunning peak into one of the most beautiful areas on the planet but also demonstrate the ingenuity and often short term memory of the human race. After showing this book to some of my eastern European friends I was reminded of how recently these structures were built, occupied and then abandoned.

I love this book, the photos, the stories and cannot imagine the work that went into making it.

Well done Rebecca Litchfield!