Snapshot: ‘Dzerzhinskiy VI’ (2011), by Alexander Gronsky

The Estonia-born photographer’s series of images shows the ‘wastelands’ that form a large part of Moscow’s cityscape

“I didn’t expect Moscow to have such a variety of landscapes,” the Estonia-born photographer Alexander Gronsky told LensCulture website when interviewed about Pastoral (2008-2012), a series of photographs (see slideshow below) documenting the “wastelands” that form a large part of Moscow’s cityscape. “I wanted to present them in a very sweet, romantic way – almost too sweet,” he said. The photographs come from his recently published book Pastoral: Moscow Suburbs (Contrasto), in which an idyll of the pastoral, complete with sunbathers and swimmers, contrasts with a backdrop of skyscrapers, polluted scrub and dump sites. Gronsky’s work will be featured in Close and Far: Russian Photography Now at Calvert 22, London (June 18 to August 17).

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