The metaphorical finale of the photo magazine THE OPÉRA

Imperial Pomp

Post-Soviet High-Rise
Frank Herfort travelled all over Russia for a photographic project that lasted several years, following the ideas of architectural photography and taking pictures of skyscrapers that had been quickly built after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The force and magnitude of these buildings appears bizarre, pompous and exotic; equally they evoke larger-than-life Soviet memorials. They express a longing for lost greatness and the ambition to go one better.
Contextual contradictions however add another completely different grace note: the Russian residential buildings and faded idylls around the new constructions introduce a second level of meaning to the images, which poses questions and raises enigmas.

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"Imperial Pomp"

ISBN 978-3-86678-798-8

24,30 x 32,30 cm

176 Pages

100 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust-jacket, without slipcase

mit Goldprägung

Languages: German, English

Frank Herfort

Irina Korobina, Matthias Schepp

graphic design
Martin Sebald, Berlin
Exhibition: „Imperial Pomp“, 9.4. – 17.5.2013,  f75 fotogalerie, Stuttgart, Herbst 2013, Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Moskau