Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, new housing and office buildings of astounding scale and unabashed grandeur rose in cities throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics. To document this astonishing new architecture, photographer Frank Herfort embarked on a project of similarly epic proportions. After five years’ work, 7,000 miles traveled, 20 cities visited, and 150 buildings photographed, Frank is ready to release the resulting book, Imperial Pomp - Post-Soviet Highrise in April 2013. Frank writes, “I was always fascinated with the new Russian architecture and especially with the huge, very colorful and strangely shaped skyscrapers, that appear to have been thrown down to earth by the gods, set against sleepy, surrealistic backdrops.” The project has already been selected for the Hasselbad Masters 2014 and awarded First Prize for Architecture in the Sixth Annual Photography Masters Cup.
To support publication and exhibition of this work, Frank launched an online fundraising campaign. Perks for contributors ranged from digital copies of the book to a private workshop with Frank in Moscow or Berlin detailing the secrets of large-format photography. Once the book is published this spring, it will join the other fine photography books already available for purchase in the Art Love Affair boutique.