Category: Ukraine

Ukraine – March 2012 (1) – Kiev

Photographs from a trip to the Ukraine in March 2012.

Candid taken coming up from a subway
Kiev Subway

Soviet monument – the domed building at the back of the shot was a circus
Soviet Monument, Kiev

Kiev train station. I had to go there for a ticket for Kharkov. Best to go to Hall 1, Booth 8. They speak English there.
Kiev rail station window

Most of the people milling about outside where taxi drivers. Over the course of my trip I got ripped off by most of them, despite my strategy of picking the crappiest looking cars.
Main rail station, Kiev, Ukraine

Soviet interior
Kiev train station

More to follow.

Ukranian Institute for Scientific Technical and Economic Information

A beautiful piece of Soviet modernism¬†in Kiev, from a trip there in March. This was featured in Chaubin’s ‘Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed’ which you have to own if you are into this sort of thing. I had to hire a driver to find it but well worth the effort.

Architect: Florian Yuriev

Ukranian Institute for Scientific Technical and Economic Information

Building the revolution and the photography of Richard Pare

I went to ‘Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935’ at the Royal Academy of Arts last week. The photographs were taken by Richard Pare. Prior to this, Pare exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art with ‘The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture 1922-1932’.

Shabolovka Radio Tower, photographed by Richard Pare, 1998. Source:
Shabolovka Radio Tower, photographed by Richard Pare, 1998. Source:


I went mainly due to an interest in Soviet and modernist architecture. The exhibition was set out around prints of buildings in the constructivist style, which Pare had tracked down (e.g. Gosprom building- Kharkov, Ukraine). These were often presented alongside technical drawings and blueprints for the original buildings. There were also some sketches there, for example, of designs for propaganda kiosks.

I think I’m right in saying that the project took about ten years for Pare to complete, given complications with gaining access to some of the buildings. In some instances, this involved Pare befriending residents of buildings. In others, for example, gaining access to the Lenin mausoleum, more formal painstaking requests were needed through contacts and the relevant authorities.



  1. Royal Academy РBuilding the revolution
  2. Interview with Richard Pare with BOMB magazine
  3. Pare, Richard, 2007, The Lost Vanguard, Russian Modernist Architecture 1922-1932, New York, The Monacelli Press.
  4. Cohen, Jean-Louis, and Lodder, Christina, Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, London, Royal Academy of Arts.