Peter Price. Kommunalka. 2014.
A communal apartment (Russian: коммуналка, коммунальная квартира, kommunalka) appeared in the Soviet Union following the Russian revolution. Communal apartments emerged as a response to the housing crisis in urban areas and were a product of the “new collective vision of the future”. A communal apartment was typically shared between two to seven families. Each family had its own room, which served as a living room, dining room, and bedroom for the entire family. The hallways, kitchen, bathroom and telephone were shared among all the residents. The communal apartment was the predominant form of housing in the USSR for generations, and still exist in “the most fashionable central districts of large Russian cities” (Wikipedia).
Work "Kommunalka" is an autobiographical research. Tis is a journey to the country's past and the photographer himself, but above all, a look at the present and even perhaps at the future of modern Russia. Apart from the interiors and portraits the book contains interviews with residents. A special place in the book is the preface, which is specially written by a famous Russian musician and writer Iliya Knabenhof.
Social issues are playing an increasing part in photographic art. Te reason lies in debates on human rights and political climate in the world. Also the personal lives of individuals are increasingly coming to the fore. We can say that such topics are more relevant now in our society. Increasingly, people are talking about the situation in Russia, about human rights issue.
Te result of the work is the book with 79 pictures on 142 pages. Te research shows neutral, non-biased view on the phenomenon of communal apartments. In addition in the "microcosmos" of communal apartments social dynamics were presented, it is broadly tolerated to whole society and thus creates a collective portrait of the Russian mentality.