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Eastern Blocks

Eastern Blocks
Concrete Landscapes of the Former Eastern Bloc

‘Sleeping districts’ of Moscow, Plattenbauten of East Berlin, modernist estates of Warsaw, Kiyv`s Brezhnevki: although these are home to the vast majority of city dwellers, post-war suburbs of central and eastern Europe have been invisible for decades.

Eastern Blocks is a photographic journey through the cityscapes of the former Eastern Bloc, inviting readers to explore the districts that became a playground for mass housing development after WW2, including objects like houses ‘on chicken legs’, soviet ‘flying saucers’ or hammer-shaped tower blocks.

The book contains over 100 photographs taken by Zupagrafika, with special contributions by local photographers, showcasing modernist and brutalist architecture scattered around the cities of Moscow, East Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Kyiv and Saint Petersburg. 

Divided into 6 chapters, includes a foreword by writer and journalist Christopher Beanland, index of architects, orientative maps and informative texts on the featured cities and constructions.

Released: April 2019
Now available in our online shop > bit.ly/2KIW2MV <  
From May in selected bookshops around Europe

Author: Zupagrafika

David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka (Zupagrafika): photography, texts and edition
Alexander Veryovkin: commissioned photography
Balázs Csizik: commissioned photography
Christopher Beanland: foreword

Hardcover  |  144 pp  |   ISBN: 9788395057434

Copyright for all images © Zupagrafika, 2019
‘The Iron Curtain was understood in the West 
as The Concrete Curtain. Everything behind it was
perceived as mass produced and grey’

– from the foreword by Christopher Beanland

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Eastern Blocks

Eastern Blocks

Eastern Blocks by Zupagrafika is a photographic journey through the concrete peripheries of some of the former Eastern Bloc capitals, inviting re Read More