After the success of his first book, Christopher Herwig‘s next stop was Russia – following Georgia and the outer regions of Ukraine –, where he once again turned his camera on Soviet bus stops that remained intact over time. Following exhaustive research, he drove 15,000 kilometers from coast to coast across the largest country in the world, to collect new variations of this wild architectural form.
The second volume published with the foreword of renowned architecture and culture critic Owen Hatherley reveals new information about the origins of Soviet bus stops, examining the government policy that allowed these structures apparently lacking all strict aesthetic requirements to be built and explains how they reflected Soviet values. Starting from the marvelously designed propaganda, through the works celebrating the achievements of the Soviet state to the completely ordinary buildings, once we’ve flipped through the book, we’ll probably also learn what a giant light bulb is doing right in the middle of the Russia.
Christopher Herwig | Soviet Bus Stops | Soviet Bus Stops Volume II