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Soviet Spheres is a photo book by Justin Kroesen and Willem de Boer on the remaining and changing relics of former Soviet states. Over the last 15 years the authors have visited Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine: European countries that arose from the Soviet Union, but have not become part of the European Union.

To help covering a part of expenses for the printing of ‘Soviet Spheres’ as a high quality (hard cover) photo book, a successful crowdfunding campaign was held from March 11 until April 8, 2018 through Kickstarter.  

Justin and Willem share a fascination for the moments and situations that still breath the atmosphere of the Soviet Union. Soviet Spheres shows these images as well as pictures that put those moments in context. This book focuses on a number of generally overlooked European backwaters and the way they seem to linger in the past.

In the last 50 years, few events have brought so many political and social changes to the world as the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, not everything changed in the 27 years since. Photographers Justin Kroesen and Willem de Boer regularly visited the former Soviet states in Europe that did not join the EU. On these travels they tried to capture that Soviet atmosphere in the physical environment and people.

Soviet Spheres portrays the unique, everyday Soviet atmospheres that have been cultivated as well as preserved. A preview of the book can be found here. Soviet Spheres will be published in the second quarter of 2018 by Mauritsheech Publishers.

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