Soviet Signs & Street Relics


A new book in FUEL’s highly popular and collectable Russian series.


ISBN: 9781916218406 Category:

Jason Guilbeau, FUEL


French photographer Jason Guilbeau has used Google Street View to virtually navigate Russia and the former USSR, searching for examples of a forgotten Soviet empire. The subjects of these unlikely photographs are incidental to the purpose of Google Street View – captured by serendipity, rather than design, they are accorded a common vernacular. Once found, he strips the images of their practical use by removing the navigational markers, transforming them to his own vision.

From remote rural roadsides to densely populated cities, the photographs reveal traces of history in plain sight: a Brutalist hammer and sickle stands in a remote field; a jet fighter is anchored to the ground by its concrete exhaust plume; a skeletal tractor sits on a cast-iron platform; an village sign resembles a Constructivist sculpture. Passers by seem oblivious to these objects. Relinquished by the present they have become part of the composition of everyday life, too distant in time and too ubiquitous in nature to be recorded by anything other than an indiscriminate automaton.

This collection of photographs portrays a surreal reality: it is a document of a vanishing era, captured by an omniscient technology that is continually deleting and replenishing itself – an inadvertent definition of Russia today.

Additional information

Weight 629 g
Dimensions 16.8 x 20.7 cm
Publisher name FUEL Design & Publishing
Publication date 12 August 2020
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Clem Cecil
Dimensions 16.8 x 20.7 cm
Weight 629 g


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Jason Guilbeau is a photographer who lives and works in Strasbourg. Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell have been publishing books on Soviet culture since 2004 from the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia to Soviet Bus Stops. Clem Cecil is a Russian-speaking specialist in language, literature and architectural preservation, with many years' experience working in Russia, initially as correspondent for The Times, then as co-founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society.