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UPDATE: MAY 2017 - After another 19 000 km - Volume 2 is now off to the printer, available in Fall 2017, Pre-order Soviet Bus Stops Volume 2 on Amazon now
UPDATE: August 2015
30 days till the next edition, already on Amazon for pre-order.
UPDATE: October 2014
Great news! Signed a deal with the fabulous designers and publishers FUEL out of the UK. They are now working on version 2. In addition to the popular bus stops in the limited edition book there will be more pages, and more bus stops. It will be available online and in stores by the Fall of 2015. Email email@example.com to join the mailing list for updates or follow us on facebook. facebook.com/SovietBusstops or twitter twitter.com/herwigphoto.
UPDATE: April 2014.
Wow! Thank you everyone for your fantastic support and interest in the project. Its a relief to see that the idea of photographing bus stops from the former Soviet Union was maybe not so crazy after all. This limited edition of 1500 is pretty much all preordered. If you are still interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for updates on possible future editions or to be on the list for unclaimed books from this edition.
Vera Kavalkova-Halvarsson has joined our team, heading up our research effort and has been busy interviewing some of the fantastic individuals who were behind this unique art form. These insights will be included in the background section of the book, all of which is coming together beautifully and will be off to the printer in the middle of April.
Photographer Christopher Herwig has been hunting bus stops in remote corners of the former Soviet Union since he stumbled upon them while biking to St. Petersburg in 2002. He has covered more than 30,000 km by car, bus and taxi in 13 countries discovering and documenting these strange works of art created behind the Iron Curtain. 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 series attracted considerable media interest around the world, and now with the project complete, the full collection will be presented in Soviet Bus Stops as a deluxe, limited edition, hard cover photo book. The book represents the most comprehensive and diverse collection of Soviet bus stop design ever assembled.
Meet Nick Sambrato. He runs a print shop in Orlando, Florida called Mama's Sauce.
Nick isn't a very smart guy. At a time in history when the print industry is pouncing from one space-age technological advancement to the next, Nick has decided to take a giant leap backwards into the industrial revolution.
Meet the Kluge letterpress. An 2,000 pound, cast iron, electric powered monstrosity of vacillating rods, giant spinning wheels and pneumatic hoses. The Kluge is Nick's weapon of choice in his battle against the future.
So why does Nick use the Kluge? A clearly outdated, cumbersome and obsolete machine? The same reason any craftsman uses any tool: for the quality of the finished product. A letterpress offers a tangible, three-dimensional look and feel to the printed image that no other technology can replicate.
Let Nick take you on a trip back in time as he runs through the process of turning an ordinary piece of paper stock into work of art.
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