Wonderland: A Fairytale of a Soviet Monolith (signed)

by Jason Eskenazi


Photographs: Jason Eskenazi

Publisher: Red Hook Editions

176 pages

Pictures: 77 Black & White Tritone photographs

Year: 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9841954-1-1

Price: 65

Comments: Open spine binding; 14.5 x 21 cm, 0.53 kg / 1.17 lbs.

The Black Garden Trilogy (Wonderland/Black Garden/Departure Lounge) is complete with the printing and publication of the 2nd edition of Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith. This is a new edition, not a facsimile. This edition is bigger than the original book to match Departure Lounge. The edit and sequence are the same as the original version.

The story of Communism is the story of the twentieth century. For many the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell, so too did the illusion of that utopia. Wonderland is a photographic exploration that portrays both the reality beneath the veneer of a utopian USSR and the affirmation of hope that should never be abandoned. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance. 

Black Garden Trilogy Notes: Though the trilogy was constructed step by step, added on book by book, there is a cohesive structure by using consecutive chapters 1-9, and consecutive plate numbers 1-314, throughout the three books. The three books span the time frame of almost 30 years, basically the time frame of Eskenazi's photographic journeys, from when he made his first foray into the world landing in Moscow in 1991-2001, until living in Istanbul in 2010-2018. By the end of the trilogy one will see some similar images from the same contact sheets from previous books giving the impression that only a moment has passed during the last 30 years represented in these three volumes. Both Wonderland and Departure Lounge were sized to exactly fit into the parameters of Black Garden. Eskenazi says he was influenced by the religious triptychs he encountered while guarding European paintings at the museum.


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Wonderland: A Fairytale of a Soviet Monolith (signed)

by Jason Eskenazi


Photographs: Jason Eskenazi

Publisher: Red Hook Editions

176 pages

Pictures: 77 Black & White Tritone photographs

Year: 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9841954-1-1

Price: 65

Comments: Open spine binding; 14.5 x 21 cm, 0.53 kg / 1.17 lbs.

The Black Garden Trilogy (Wonderland/Black Garden/Departure Lounge) is complete with the printing and publication of the 2nd edition of Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith. This is a new edition, not a facsimile. This edition is bigger than the original book to match Departure Lounge. The edit and sequence are the same as the original version.

The story of Communism is the story of the twentieth century. For many the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell, so too did the illusion of that utopia. Wonderland is a photographic exploration that portrays both the reality beneath the veneer of a utopian USSR and the affirmation of hope that should never be abandoned. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance. 

Black Garden Trilogy Notes: Though the trilogy was constructed step by step, added on book by book, there is a cohesive structure by using consecutive chapters 1-9, and consecutive plate numbers 1-314, throughout the three books. The three books span the time frame of almost 30 years, basically the time frame of Eskenazi's photographic journeys, from when he made his first foray into the world landing in Moscow in 1991-2001, until living in Istanbul in 2010-2018. By the end of the trilogy one will see some similar images from the same contact sheets from previous books giving the impression that only a moment has passed during the last 30 years represented in these three volumes. Both Wonderland and Departure Lounge were sized to exactly fit into the parameters of Black Garden. Eskenazi says he was influenced by the religious triptychs he encountered while guarding European paintings at the museum.


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Wonderland: A Fairytale of a Soviet Monolith (signed)

by Jason Eskenazi


Photographs: Jason Eskenazi

Publisher: Red Hook Editions

176 pages

Pictures: 77 Black & White Tritone photographs

Year: 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9841954-1-1

Price: 65

Comments: Open spine binding; 14.5 x 21 cm, 0.53 kg / 1.17 lbs.

The Black Garden Trilogy (Wonderland/Black Garden/Departure Lounge) is complete with the printing and publication of the 2nd edition of Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith. This is a new edition, not a facsimile. This edition is bigger than the original book to match Departure Lounge. The edit and sequence are the same as the original version.

The story of Communism is the story of the twentieth century. For many the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell, so too did the illusion of that utopia. Wonderland is a photographic exploration that portrays both the reality beneath the veneer of a utopian USSR and the affirmation of hope that should never be abandoned. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance. 

Black Garden Trilogy Notes: Though the trilogy was constructed step by step, added on book by book, there is a cohesive structure by using consecutive chapters 1-9, and consecutive plate numbers 1-314, throughout the three books. The three books span the time frame of almost 30 years, basically the time frame of Eskenazi's photographic journeys, from when he made his first foray into the world landing in Moscow in 1991-2001, until living in Istanbul in 2010-2018. By the end of the trilogy one will see some similar images from the same contact sheets from previous books giving the impression that only a moment has passed during the last 30 years represented in these three volumes. Both Wonderland and Departure Lounge were sized to exactly fit into the parameters of Black Garden. Eskenazi says he was influenced by the religious triptychs he encountered while guarding European paintings at the museum.


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