The book presents 170 images, mainly shop window displays, shot by artist David Hlynsky during the final years of the collapsing Soviet empire in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, East Germany and Moscow, using a Hasselblad camera to capture the slow, undramatic moments of daily life on the streets. The photographs are accompanied by essays by art historian Martha Langford and cultural studies specialist Jody Berland, as well as Hlynsky's own account of his time as a flaneur in the shopping plazas behind the Iron Curtain.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 860 g
Dimensions: 240 x 165 x 23 mm
'The pictures reveal a world without enterprise ... almost 30 years ago' - Daily Mail
'A fascinating view of an old era of consumerism that began to crumble with the Berlin Wall in 1989' - Independent
'In 170 photos, Hlynsky's book portrays a colourful and almost childlike world now absent' - GUP magazine