Jonas Bendiksen. It is the latter of these that brought Bendiksen to the Altai Territory in Russia in , where he took the photograph of two villagers collecting scrap metal from the wreckage of a crashed spacecraft that would become the cover of the book. There are two young guys, local farmers I think, who are pulling copper wire from the hull of a crashed Soyuz spacecraft — specifically the second booster stage. As we know, everything that goes up eventually comes down, and each time a space rocket launches from Baikonur the massive booster stages fall down to earth once their fuel is depleted.
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They are all tiny regions floating in the periphery of Russia or the ex-Soviet bloc countries. They all exercise a certain level of autonomy, but none are recognised as independent under international law.
Bendiksen arrived in Russia from his native Norway in at the age of twenty. The history as well as anecdotes and faits divers of all six republics covered in this photographic journey are neatly summarized, each in a short two-page presentation that prefaces the successive series of images. We learn how Stalin created a self-governing Jewish state twenty years before the foundation of Israel.
And how the strategic power of Transnistria a state of less than km2 comes from its 50, guns and 40, tonnes of ammunition left by the Soviets. I, however, plunged straight into the imagery of Satellites , paying not the slightest heed to the essays. Although a second reading with the text offered me a very different vision, my initial reaction to the book was one of desolation.
We find ourselves plunged into a bad dream or an Orwellian dystopia that is strangely compelling. Uncertainty, vulnerability and isolation echo through the pages. Be it the old lady returning to the skeleton of her bullet-scarred, Soviet apartment block, or the lone drinker in a bar surveyed by the watchful eyes of Marx and Lenin, daily life in these enclaves is presented as bleak and harsh. Where we might imagine there to be solidarity there is an unsettling lack of human interaction.
The absence of physical proximity, a friendly glance or even a smile renders the atmosphere inhospitable. We sense years of conflict and oppression weigh heavily on the protagonists. A compelling work, this book sheds light on a widely forgotten chapter of Soviet history.
I thoroughly enjoyed Satellites. Satellites by Joans Bendiksen Hardcover 62 four-color images Pages 7. Question: Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh—what do they all have in common?
Answer: They are all tiny regions floating in the periphery of Russia or the ex-Soviet bloc countries. Trending this Week.
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Jonas Bendiksen born 8 September is a Norwegian photojournalist based near Oslo. Bendiksen is a member of Magnum Photos and has served as its president. He lived in Russia for several years. The time he spent there resulted in his book, Satellites - Photographs from the Fringes of the former Soviet Union , about separatist republics in the former USSR , published in For three years he photographed slum communities in Nairobi in Kenya, Mumbai in India, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Caracas in Venezuela, for The Places We Live , a book published in , and an exhibition containing projections and voice recordings. Bendiksen became a Magnum Photos nominee in and a member in
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Satellites is a journey through unrecognized countries and isolated regions in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Siberia. In this collection of photographs, Jonas Bendiksen takes us into the little-known worlds of Transdniester, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, the Ferghana Valley, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the spaceship crash zones near the Kazakh Steppe, and in the process reveals that the narrative of the Soviet collapse continues to evolve. Read more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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