SOVIET BUS STOPS – book 2015
‘There is a certain amount of [utilitarianism] here. But it is atypical. The norm is wild going on savage. Just as follies were, in the 18th century, often try-outs for new architectural styles, so may some of these wayward roadside punctuation marks have been structural or aesthetic experiments; they certainly don’t lack grandeur and audacity.’ Jonathan Meades (from the foreword ).
‘Striking, original, often flamboyant and rich in symbolism, the bus stops provided an improbable, but valuable medium of self-expression for Soviet designers and architects.’ Alice Rawsthorn (Design writer for the International New York Times).
Photographer Christopher Herwig first discovered the unusual architecture of Soviet-era bus stops during a 2002 long-distance bike ride from London to St. Petersburg. Challenging himself to take one good photograph every hour, Herwig began to notice surprisingly designed bus stops on otherwise deserted stretches of road. Twelve years later, Herwig had covered more than 18,000 miles in 14 countries of the former Soviet Union, traveling by car, bike, bus and taxi to hunt down and document these bus stops.
The local bus stop proved to be fertile ground for local artistic experimentation in the Soviet period, and was built seemingly without design restrictions or budgetary concerns. The result is an astonishing variety of styles and types across the region, from the strictest Brutalism to exuberant whimsy.
Soviet Bus Stops is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of Soviet bus stop design ever assembled, including examples from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, the disputed region of Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Estonia. Originally published in a quickly sold-out limited edition, Soviet Bus Stops, named one of the best photobooks of 2014 by Martin Parr, is now available in this highly anticipated, expanded smaller-format trade edition.
PUBLISHER – FUEL Publishing
London-based FUEL design group was founded in 1991 by Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell. The firm quickly became known for its bold, thought-provoking self-published magazine, its commercial work for other publishers, its short films, film titles and television commercials. In 2005, FUEL Publishing was born, and a series of influential and best-selling books (including the Russian Criminal Tattoo series) quickly followed. As Adrian Shaughnessy noted in a 2007 Design Observer review, “Murray and Sorrell’s realization that they possessed the transferable skills and instincts to publish thought-provoking books with editorial depth has allowed them to create a publishing venture that offers a fresh take on visual culture.”
ISBN (13 digit) – 978-0-9931911-0-7
AUTHOR(S)/EDITOR(S) – Christopher Herwig, Editors Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell
FOREWORD – Jonathan Meades
INTRODUCTION – Christopher Herwig
ESSAY – The Bus Pavilion: A Minor Architectural Form by Vera Kavalkova-Halvarsson
BINDING – Hardback
PRICE (£) – £19.95 / $32.50
SIZE 16 x 20 cm Landscape
EXTENT (total no. of pages, not including covers or endpapers) – 192
The book is available online and in fine stores everywhere from October 1, 2015
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