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Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age

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Publisher Comments:

The Space Race was an exhilirating moment in history, alternately frighten-ing, thrilling, awe-inspiring, and ultimately, sublime. Its most enigmatic element was the competition. The Soviets seemed less technologically sophisticated (at least from the American perspective) but in fact won many of the races: first satellite to orbit the earth; first man in space; first unmanned landings on Mars, Venus, and the Moon; first woman in space; most powerful rockets; and, until its recent fiery death, the most long-lived space station to name but a few.

The inherent contradictions of the age?the mixture of technologies high and low, of nostalgia and progress, of pathos and promise?are revealed in Kosmos, Adam Bartos's astonishing photographic survey of the Soviet space program. Bartos' fascination with this subject led him to seek out places like the bedroom where Yuri Gagarian slept the night before his history-making flight into space, located in the Baiknour Cosmodrome, the one-time top-secret space complex in the Kazakh desert. Bartos also takes us inside the cockpit of the Merkur space capsule, used to ferry crew members and supplies to the super-secret Almaz orbital space stations, and behind the changing screens cosmonauts used before being fitted for their space suits at Zvezda, the chief manufacturer of Soviet life-support systems.

In total, Kosmos presents over 100 of Bartos's photographs, rich with the incongruities of the history, science, culture, and politics of the Space Age.

Professor Svetlana Boym's insightful introduction to the technological and cultural aspects of Soviet space exploration provides a fitting context for the photographs.

For anyone interested in the space age, Kosmos is an essential and fascinating portrait.

Review:

"Maybe this book is saying something fairly complicated about context — that rocket ships don't belong rotting at museums, and that former cosmonauts shouldn't end up as old anonymous men, sitting primly on some printed couch. Or maybe it's saying something about the limits of human dreams." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopsis:

A series of 100 colour photographs poignantly depict the glorious years of the Soviet space race.

Synopsis:

The inherent contradictions of the Space Age — the mixture of technologies high and low, of nostalgia and progress, of pathos and promise — are revealed in Kosmos, Adam Bartos's astonishing photographic survey of the Soviet space program. Bartos's fascination with this subject led him to seek out places like the bedroom where Yuri Gagarian slept the night before his history-making flight into space, located in the Baiknour Cosmodrome, the one-time top-secret space complex in the Kazakh desert.<P>Kosmos presents 94 of Bartos's photographs, rich with the incongruities of the history, science, culture, and politics of the Space Age.

About the Author

Adam Bartos is a New York based photographer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568983080
Introduction:
Boym, Svetlana
Author:
Boym, Svetlana
Photographer:
Bartos, A.
Author:
Bartos, Adam
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Travel - World/Europe
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Astronautics
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - World/Europe
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Photography, industrial
Subject:
Astronautics -- Soviet Union -- History.
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 99).
Series Volume:
no. 42
Publication Date:
20011101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.74x11.32x.86 in. 2.79 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 176 pages Princeton Architectural Press - English 9781568983080 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Maybe this book is saying something fairly complicated about context — that rocket ships don't belong rotting at museums, and that former cosmonauts shouldn't end up as old anonymous men, sitting primly on some printed couch. Or maybe it's saying something about the limits of human dreams." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Synopsis" by , A series of 100 colour photographs poignantly depict the glorious years of the Soviet space race.
"Synopsis" by , The inherent contradictions of the Space Age — the mixture of technologies high and low, of nostalgia and progress, of pathos and promise — are revealed in Kosmos, Adam Bartos's astonishing photographic survey of the Soviet space program. Bartos's fascination with this subject led him to seek out places like the bedroom where Yuri Gagarian slept the night before his history-making flight into space, located in the Baiknour Cosmodrome, the one-time top-secret space complex in the Kazakh desert.<P>Kosmos presents 94 of Bartos's photographs, rich with the incongruities of the history, science, culture, and politics of the Space Age.
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