Photographs of Soviet bus stops, done by Aurora photographer Christopher Herwig, recently attracted considerable interest around the world, and now for the first time, are available in book-form. Copies of Herwig’s new photo book “Soviet Bus Stops” are available on Kickstarter for the next two weeks. Herwig is seeking support to “immortalize this incredible modern art form.”
Herwig tells of his experience with Soviet bus stops: “Ever since stumbling upon them while biking to St. Petersburg in 2002 I have been hunting bus stops in remote corners of the former Soviet Union. I have covered more than 30,000 km by car, bus and taxi in 13 countries documenting these wonderfully strange works of art, created behind the Iron Curtain.”
The bus stops show the range of public art from the Soviet era and give a rare glimpse into the creative minds of the time. Huffington Post calls the book “fascinating” and Bears and vodka write that it is a “delicate balance between modern art and clinical insanity.” The photographs are accompanied by research from Moscow-based journalist Slava Kuzminsky.
To order the book and to see a video on the project, click here
To see more work by Christopher Herwig, visit the Aurora Photos website here
Agence VU’ and Aurora Photos photographers were recently awarded at POY (Picture of the Year), an international photography competition where more than 190 photographers are honored.
Massimo Berruti, whose work is above, won Third Place for Photographer of the Year for his entire photographic work, and more particularly his recent work in Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt.
Michael Zumstein was recognized with the Award of Excellence for a News Picture story. The photograph above was taken during his reportage “Terror and tears in Central African Republic.”
Thomas Haugersveen was also recognized with the Award of Excellence in the Portrait category for this image of Gunnar, a Nazi-era orphan who despite his own troubles, helps the poor in Romania.
Jim Lo Scalzo also won an Award of Excellence in the category Feature Multimedia Story for his story on Iowa’s County Fairs.
To see more work by these photographers, visit the Aurora Photos website (Massimo Berruti) (Michael Zumstein) (Thomas Haugersveen) (Jim Lo Scalzo)
To see more of the awards at POY, click here
Volume 2 of our quarterly showcase of photographer work is now online!
View it here: Au Vol. 2
To enter the drawing for the $50 Visa giftcard, either “like” the Aurora Photos page on Facebook by February 21st at 3pm, or if you already “like” the page, you can send an email to updates[at]auroraphotos.com with a message of “like” for Aurora. The drawing will take place Friday afternoon at 3pm.
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For more information about Peter Essick’s “Our Beautiful, Fragile World” visit Aurora Photos’ Interview with Peter Essick, and also National Geographic’s Interview with Peter Essick