Wonderland: A Fairytale Of The Soviet Monolith by Jason Eskenazi

Jason Eskenazi has won a Fulbright Scholarship and, in part, for his work on Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith, and we’d say it was deservedly so. 

Wonderland is an exploration of the space behind The Wall and, in particular, Russia, Germany and Romania and what life was really like under communism. 


Why We Love Wonderland

If you were hoping for a fairytale ending, please don’t. 

Jason’s work shows clearly the hardships that those living under the Soviet system had to endure and how communism has scarred the physical and emotional landscape of Eastern Europe. 

Wonderland: A Fairytale Of The Soviet Monolith by Jason Eskenazi

This is not a tender love song to a delusion that trapped millions in its embrace, but rather a searing, if gentle, critique of the world as it was then.

Some will take issue with the photographer’s lack of purist compositional work, we think that they’re missing the point – Wonderland is as much a historical document as it is a work of photography and it’s meant to be jarring. 


Final Thoughts On Wonderland

Life behind The Wall was bleak and awful for the vast majority forced to be there. 

Jason’s work helps us remember what that period was really like and why we should strive to avoid allowing this to ever happen again and for that? Wonderland is a truly wonderful work. 

Looking for more inspiring works of photography? Then you may also enjoy Elliott Erwitt’s Personal Best, Walker Evans’ American Photography and Mark Cohen’s Grim Street. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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