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The Space Race was an exhilirating moment in history, alternately frighten-ing, thrilling, awe-inspiring, and ultimately, sublime. Its most enigmatic element was the competition. The Soviets seemed less technologically sophisticated (at least from the American perspective) but in fact won many of the races: first satellite to orbit the earth; first man in space; first unma ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Gert-Jan
Dec 28, 2016 Gert-Jan rated it it was amazing
Amazing photography, which explains my five stars. I can't recall much of the text: perhaps if I'd read the book again it would make me adjust my rating, who knows.

But browsing through the book today, I am struck again by quality of the photographs. Still, and maybe for the first time, I realise the way the pictures are presented is a case of "framing": we can't believe anything else but the fact that the Russian space industry is archaic, nostalgic, romantic.

It doesn't detract from the beauty
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Phil Smith
Sep 20, 2007 Phil Smith rated it it was amazing
A wonderful coffee table book consisting of photos of a bygone era. The dignity and honor of the Soviet space program has eroded away leaving behind a strange realm of obsoleteness, pragmatism, and advanced technology. The cracked and withered faces of those who lived and worked among the Sputniks, Soyuzes, Protons, and N-1s is wonderfully captured in crisp photography. Yet, one can immediately see the sadness in those faces, as if those captured on film are also captured thinking of those good ...more
Ward
Nov 24, 2009 Ward rated it it was amazing
The Baikonur Cosmodrome has phenomenal light, perfectly suited for fine tea sets or giant rockets on train tracks.
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Adam Bartos is a New York-based photographer whose books include Studio: Remembering Chris Marker, International Territory: The United Nations, 1945—95, Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age and Darkroom. He has been shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet.
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