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Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568983085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568983080
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 11.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Bartos is a New York based photographer.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "smblater" on December 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As one involved with NASA in the heady days of years past, I had heard talk that Princeton Architectural Press planned to bring out a book of Adam Bartos' photographs of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and I have been looking forward to Kosmos for some time.
Kosmos is a sad and poignant portrait--but, alas, an accurate one--of the decline of one of the great technological programs of human history. I don't believe that those who weren't alive at the time can appreciate the reaction of this nation to the launch of Sputnik and the other achievements of the Soviet space program nor can those outside of NASA appreciate the enthusiasm--and gravity--that characterized our efforts to catch the Soviets in the space race.
Frankly, the faded glory shines through in many of the photographs, and, in the eyes of those caught in the photographs, one still sees glimpses of the spirit, albeit wounded, that drove their space program to its glories. However, in the post-Cold War era, pathos will be the most common reaction of the reader.
The accompanying essay by Svetlana Boym of Harvard University, unlike those gratuitous essays in many photographic books, contributes to the Kosmos and brings some important insights to the reader unfamiliar with the Soviet program. It is beatifully written and is commended to the readers for their edification.
All in all, after much anticipation, Kosmos exceeded my expectations and stirred a wave of memories. Congratulations to PAP for their achievement!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Rickman on December 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having been a Soviet/Russian space enthusiast since childhood, I was naturally excited to learn that Princeton Architectural Press was publishing a photonovel entitled "KOSMOS - A Portrait of the Russian Space Age". This is a finely bound collection of 100 photographs taken by renowned photographer, Adam Bartos between June 1995 and April 1999 at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
With great anticipation I opened the book, eager to see new images of Russian space hardware and launch sites. What I found between the covers was much, much more than I expected.
With his keen photographic skills, Adam Bartos is not only able to take us into areas of the cosmodrome rarely seen by western observers, but into the hearts and souls of some of the key personalities which helped to shape the current climate of what was once the worlds greatest space industry. Through the eyes of the photographer you see rooms well worn with age now silent and barren, and faces whose stares echo ghost of the former Soviet Union. Image after image paints a portrait of contrast between the glorious aspirations of the Soviet future past and the dismal realities of the present day russian space program.
Enhancing this somber collection of images is an essay written by Svetlana Boym, Professor of Slavic Languages at Harvard University, which poignantly illustrates the mood of the Russian people as radical political change made way to new realities.
I highly recommend this book, not only to all Russian space enthusiast but also to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the changing climate of the Russian people and how it has affected their once dear space program.
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Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit Russia and visit the people and sites and artifacts related to the Russian space program. Bartos allows us to be armchair travelers and takes us there through his photographs. This book is a worthy addition to the collection of anyone interested in the history of space exploration. Much recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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Wonderful photographs of many sites and people associated with the old Soviet space program. These were unobtainable just a decade or so before this book came out in print. What I find interesting is how old, beat up and run-down much of the equipment was. Well, it worked and that was all that mattered!
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