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Soviet Bus Stops

(Soviet Bus Stops #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Photographer Christopher Herwig has covered more than 30,000 km by car, bike, bus and taxi in 13 countries discovering and documenting these unexpected treasures of modern art. From the shores of the Black Sea to the endless Kazakh steppe, 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. Herwig’s se ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 21st 2014 by Herwigphoto
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Absolutely marvelous! I heard about this book from several articles at Artnet and such, which were packed with photos. So I was worried that maybe the PR had shot the book's wad, as it were, and there wouldn't be much more inside. Well, fear allayed! This book is packed with loads of photos that were not otherwise available. And they are absolutely delightful.

If you are a fan of folk art, kooky architecture, midcentury modernism or Eastern Europe, you will adore this book. It's fairly small in s
This was great! And yep, exactly what it says on the tin (/cover). A hundred or so pages of Soviet bus stops, with a couple of pages at the beginning covering a little historical background. If you're into architecture and/or photography you'll probably like this!
Apr 04, 2018 added it
A joyful journey, full of color, texture, and a sense of place, Soviet Bus Stops is at once a travelog as well as a thoughtful discussion about form vs. function and the legacy of public art.
Quenches your travel bug, offers picture porn and presses the nostalgia button all at once.
Lee Osborne
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I often eat my lunch in a bookshop café, and while I was doing so today, I happened to sit at a table next to the photography section. This is a passion of mine, so my eyes wandered over the books as I ate. This one immediately caught my eye, with its minimalist design and stark concrete structure on the cover.

I picked it up and had a look, but it was shrink-wrapped so I couldn't see what was in it. However, I had a feeling I'd love it, so I bought it - and Soviet Bus Stops Volume 2 - on impulse
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great example of a book that does exactly what you'd expect, Soviet Bus Stops is the outcome of years spent travelling through the former Soviet Union by Canadian Christopher Herwig.

30,000km later, we have this: a testament to the way design will break through strictures at every opportunity. There's a wide range of design approaches on display here, and most of them are, I guarantee, more interesting than the last bus stop you spent time at. There's elements of national dress, cleanly aesthe
Stefan Videnov
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's fascinating that a book on a topic as weird as this one woke such an interest in me. I found it extraordinarily thrilling to imagine the design process behind the showcased art pieces. My only gripe is that in addition to the very interesting foreword, I would've liked to see some form of analysis.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guidebooks
This is just a delightful book. (It made me a bit restless.)
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun picture book! Can we have like... 10 follow-ups? I know the material is out there!!
Adam Fisher
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A very unique pictorial about the creativity and random artistry of bus stops in Soviet countries. Interesting to see such expression on dirt roads, sparsely populated areas and what appears to be the middle of a wasteland sometimes. Our bus stops are utilitarian and usually sterile of art, but Soviet Bus Stops shows a side of the world that I never knew existed.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lovely little coffee table book. The bus stops are cool, and are a neat way of showing the geography of former soviet union. What's more collective than a bus stop anyway. Nice idea, nice execution. Kind of like spending an hour on instagram looking at something random and cool.
REALLY fantastic photo essay of Soviet bus stops and how crazy and amazing many were. Great from a design perspective, but also just so interesting. Cool essay, too. Informative. Good history. I LOVED this. Check it out if you can.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks! Now I have a small case of bus stop envy! Because the bus stop I wait at every day is so mundane compared to the unique delights showcased in this book. I'm just happy I can sit back and enjoy the results of such an awesome undertaking that this book entails.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yep, these prosaic structures let some creativity sneak in during the years of stagnation. Kudos to Christopher Herwig for this obsessive labor of love.
Chuck Knudsen
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
When society stifles most art and creativity, it finds a way to express itself. Pretty great collection of photos of the wonderfully varied bus stops of the old USSR.
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