Russia: Beyond Utopia

by Andrew Moore

Published by Chronicle Books, 2005

Publisher’s Weekly

“Moore has a knack for framing shots that suggest the faded glory of yesterday’s heroes, like a replica of an 18th-century statue of Peter the Great positioned next to a BMW and a neglected bust of Lenin next to a chained bear cub. A photo from the Fossil Room of St. Petersburg State University functions as a metaphor for the whole book: in it, lovingly displayed souvenirs of an extinct world exude a strange, warm beauty. All of the pictures were shot after 2000, and most of them focus on landscapes or objects, but occasionally Moore includes everyday people going about their lives. A few are of adolescents falling in love or getting married, while others show adults in their daily work. Yet the spaciousness of the interiors and landscapes that these men and women inhabit dwarfs their intimate human dramas and hints at the weight of history that is their burden.”

Andrew Moore’s striking large-color photographs depict Russia today, in all its contradictions, beauty, and decay, where brutal Soviet architecture dwarfs fanciful onion-domed churches, and a neglected bust of Lenin looks down on a street lined with brand-new BMWs.

Leslie Jonath: Acquisition Editor.

Hardcover, 176 pages
ISBN: 081184322X
Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches