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The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

 

MISHA PEDAN

 

The End of la Belle Époque

 

 

Designed by:Anders Malmströmer

Text by:Irina Sandomirskaia

ISBN:9789163729782

Publisher:Khimaira förlag

Publ. year:2013

Languages:English, Russian

Pages:92

Illustrations:84 b/w

Width x height:220 x 270 (mm)

Binding:hardcover, in slip-sleeve

Weight:710 g

Edition:Limited to 500 numbered & signed copies; each copy has a hand-coloured red flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pictures collected in this book were made between 1986 and 1989, at the very end of the era of socialism. The fall of the Soviet regime, according to one perspective, is the central revolutionary event of our time; according to another, it represents its greatest geopolitical catastrophe. Both outlooks, however, presuppose a rapid dynamic in the movement of time, whether in its revolutionary overhaul, or in its collapse. In Misha Pedan's work, however, one observes neither a catastrophe nor a revolution. Time has loosened its grip; it has lost its heroic thrust forward and upwards. A group of athletes run a relay race that starts under a sign saying «Finish».

In Eisensteins black and white movie "Battleship Potemkin" from 1925 the flag hoisted on the boat is red, hand-coloured in every film frame, in every copy of the film. In "The End of la Belle Époque" the red flag in one of the pictures is hand-coloured red in every copy of the book. Misha Pedan lowers the flag with the same respect as it once upon a time was hoisted.

 

 

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2013 International Photography Awards

2nd place in Book - Documentary category

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