Peter Ortner Photographs 500 Bus Stops in Former Soviet Union

  • 2017-02-14
  • Dezeen

German photographer Peter Ortner has spent seven years documenting 500 bus stops across former Soviet countries, including a triangular pavilion, a winged shelter and several colourful mosaic designs. Ortner visited seven former-Soviet territories including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, The Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine and Moldova to create the Back in the USSR book.

Unlike the grey concrete buildings often associated with socialist architecture built throughout the 20th century, Ortner found an eclectic, colourful micro-architecture that emerged on the roadside. Described as "jewels", the bus stops allowed the architects to experiment free from the pressures of socialist Moscow.