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Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed

Hardcover, 10.2 x 13.4 in., 5.86 lb, 312 pages
US$ 60
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
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Brutal beauty dominates in Frédéric Chaubin’s images of extreme Soviet architecture from the final years of the USSR. In these photographs, we explore the disappearing world of totalitarian structures, originally designed to dominate and exert omniscient power over civilians through both spectacular forms and austere aesthetics.

Customer reviews (27)

Brutal Beauty

Weird and wonderful buildings from the last decades of the USSR
Photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in 14 former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union.

Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes in the widening net, architects went far beyond modernism, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba Sanatorium, Yalta), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Palace of Weddings, Tbilisi). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to Suprematist influence (Prometheus youth camp, Bogatyr). Then comes the “speaking architecture” widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Crematorium, Kiev), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Institute of Scientific Research, Kiev), a political center watching you like Big Brother (House of Soviets, Kaliningrad). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.

Frédéric Chaubin’s Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed was elected best book on architecture of the year 2010 by the International Artbook and Film Festival in Perpignan, France (Festival International du Livre d’Art & du Film Perpignan).
The photographer

Frédéric Chaubin has been, for twenty years, editor-in-chief of the French lifestyle magazine Citizen K. Since 2000 he has regularly featured works combining text and photography. His CCCP collection research was carried out from 2003 to 2010 and published in 2011. During the last five years, he has been dedicating himself to the Stone Age project.

Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
Hardcover, 10.2 x 13.4 in., 5.86 lb, 312 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-2519-0
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (27)

The soviet myth

Marcello Casale, November 07, 2021
The book is not just a collection of impressive photos. Divided into chapters, enriched with a text, combining photos of the time with recent photos, it clearly restores the impression of the myth sustained beyond all reasonableness, of the grandeur of Soviet ideology. An unusual, rich, poignant, magnificent book.

Rivelazione

MaY, November 06, 2021
Francamente non conoscevo queste opere, alcune delle quali dei veri e propri gioielli a mio avviso, presenti nella fredda unione sovietica.
Libro ispiratore e formativo.

Beautiful

Zoltan, November 05, 2021
The book is very interesting to look at all these photos - there are pictures of Soviet architectural buildings of different periods and styles, scattered in different countries , which previously formed part of the Soviet Union. I really like the aesthetics of the architecture displayed in the book. Overall really cool.

Excellent

Marc, November 02, 2021
When you love abstract forms and photography, this is your thing.
Love it!
Would love to see this in real life...

If you love Science fiction in Reality.

René, October 29, 2021
A great research trip and work by the author across the communist architectural past. What a visionary and courageous counter-draft to the western architecture school. Any of the buildings researched in this book could be a location for a Christopher Nolan or a Stanley Kubrick film. Highly recommended.

Un voyage ailleurs

Etienne, October 28, 2021
Une invitation à découvrir un monde parallèle et onirique, un voyage ailleurs.

Great book with interest

Frank Moore, October 27, 2021
This book is beautifully executed and really feels immersive in so much as it pulls back the curtain on brutal and in some manners whimsical architecture of the prior Soviet Union.

Beautiful book!

Alberto, October 27, 2021
If you like Brutalism, this is one to have. Very happy!

Great quality and amazing content

Silvia, October 27, 2021
Bought this for doing an uni project and didn’t expect it to be that helpful. Ample beautiful photographs of cosmic buildings with clear explanations. Comfortable typography. It’s stunning because architectures themselves are emotionless but through the images one can feel desolation.

Breathtaking Atmosphere

Joel, October 27, 2021
Beautiful pictures of very cool buildings.
The book is very high quality, the pages are nice and thick, the colors are amazing and the resolution is good as well.
I especially like the glossy red pages at the beginning. Gives it a really communistic feeling.
Michael Mann

Michael Mann

“My two favorites at the moment are Cosmic Communist Constructions with its post-sputnik megalomania, while hidden within the architecture’s DNA, almost unconsciously, is a remnant of Socialist purpose—glorious, excessive, and tragic—and Caravaggio, for some of the same reasons.“
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt
Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
Frédéric Chaubin.
CCCP.
Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed
US$ 60
Frédéric Chaubin. CCCP. Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed