Winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International.
This is a new edition, not a facsimile. It is bigger than the original book to match Departure Lounge (also by Eskenazi, and together with Black Garden, constituting the trilogy). The edit and sequence are the same as the original version.
The story of Communism is the story of the twentieth century. For many the Soviet Union existed, like their childhood, as a fairy tale where many of the realities of life were hidden from plain view. When the Berlin Wall finally fell, so too did the illusion of that utopia. Wonderland is a photographic exploration that portrays both the reality beneath the veneer of a utopian USSR and the affirmation of hope that should never be abandoned. And like all fairy tales try to teach us: the hard lessons of self-reliance.
Jason Eskenazi is an award winning New York born photographer. His book, Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith, was the winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. His awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, 2004, Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999; The Dorothea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize, 1999, and The Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant, 1996. While working as a security guard at the MET museum he created By the Glow of the Jukebox: The Americans List about Robert Frank’s The Americans. Eskenazi is also a co-founded of Red Hook Editions, which empowers photographers in the making of their books. He also co-creator of the foto fanzine Dog Food.