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Clth, 11.25 x 9 in. / 184 pgs / 90 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 109   

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Michael Turek: Siberia

Introduction by Sophy Roberts.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Michael Turek: Siberia.'

A photographic journey into the contradictions of Siberia—its pristine wilderness and despoiled landscapes, its pockets of wealth and abandoned cultural centers

Growing up near Washington DC at the end of the Cold War, New York–based photographer Michael Turek (born 1982) has always been drawn to Russia as a taboo, forbidden place. This project began in the winter of 2016 when he joined award-winning British writer Sophy Roberts as she pursued a three-year search for a historic piano in Siberia; he traveled to the region another five times, exploring the vast territory east of the Ural Mountains all the way to the Pacific.

Turek’s images record a constant tension—sometimes bizarre, often unsettling—between desecrated landscapes alongside pristine wildernesses; between the lives of indigenous people and modern Russians; between worn-out infrastructure and abandoned towns juxtaposed with gleaming new cities pumping gas and oil. The journey takes him deeper and deeper into small towns and villages, into the arsenic-green corridors of Khrushchev apartment blocks. The photographs have a slowness and a stillness to them. Each one is a fragment of a conversation, a moment of genuine intimacy between subject and photographer.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Michael Turek: Siberia.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Pellicola

Costanza Francesconi

This publication gives a new authenticity to Siberia, touching that frail humanity that lives in a territory which is certainly frozen but not only by notorious historical events... the [Michael Turek] wanted to photograph what he saw as objectively as possible, without judgment, to share his excitement and amazement.

Creative Review

Megan Williams

Michael Turek’s photographs lead us into the depths of Siberia...In the midst of vast landscapes, Turek’s images reveal the spectrum of communities that call the extensive region of Siberia home.

Paris Review

Sophy Roberts

Turek’s photographs don’t try to form conclusions. They are totally without pretension. They linger on the pause between words, the silence of a snowstorm and the stillness between trees. Above all, Turek’s images create the space for us to question our fixed assumptions about what Siberia is and isn’t, was and wasn’t, then and now.

Paris Review

Sophy Roberts

Turek’s photographs don’t try to form conclusions... They linger on the pause between words, the silence of a snowstorm and the stillness between trees. Above all, Turek’s images create the space for us to question our fixed assumptions about what Siberia is and isn’t, was and wasn’t, then and now. Above all, his work reflects an elusive region with accuracy and profound sensitivity.

It's Nice That

Ayla Angelos

A documentation of the small towns and villages of Siberia, where slowness and stillness prevail...

Guardian

Editors

Michael Turek spent three years photographing Siberia’s most remote settlements. He was struck by the region’s musical heritage – and its plan to build a drive-in theatre for tanks and tractors

Michael Turek: Siberia

STATUS: Out of stock indefinitely.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/19/2020

Savage nature and intimate domesticity in 'Michael Turek: Siberia'

Savage nature and intimate domesticity in 'Michael Turek: Siberia'

Featured spreads are from photographer Michael Turek's new book, Siberia. Made over three years, the first of which was spent traveling the region with The Lost Pianos of Siberia author Sophy Roberts, the photographs in this collection side-step the clichés of simply being "cold, cruel, impenetrable, abandoned, scored with desperate romance and ill-fated rebellions," she writes. Turek avoids forming conclusions, allowing for photographs that are "totally without pretension. They linger on the pause between words, the silence of a snowstorm and the stillness between trees… Turek’s images create the space for us to question our fixed assumptions about what Siberia is and isn’t, was and wasn’t, then and now. Above all, his work reflects an elusive region with accuracy and profound sensitivity." She concludes, "I was there for nearly every step of Turek’s journey. His Siberia is not always the same Siberia I saw—but the broad themes are shared: the dark and light, surprise and predictability, savage nature and intimate domesticity." continue to blog


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