Jason Eskenazi's Wonderland
Wonderland is the culmination of 10 years of photographing life in Russia soon after the fall of the Soviet Union. Like a fairy tale, Jason's photographs explore the journey from the promises of utopian society, here through socialism, to the reality of life after the fall. His pictures capture the music of Soviet culture; from harvest rituals and wedding songs; to the last days of school; as the country experiences life after communism; in the oil fields of Baku, a battle field in Chechnya, and ends with the image of a couple sleeping in the grass under the days sun.
Jason has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Dorothea Lange Prize, and Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant. This is his first published book.
An exhibit of this work is up at the Leica Gallery until January 10th. Check it out if you can.