'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe

Zupagrafika’s book chronicles the Modernist booths of europe

 

independent publisher, author, photography team, and design studio Zupagrafika presents Kiosk, an expansive photobook showcasing the last modernist booths found in Central and Eastern Europe. Featuring over 150 kiosks from cities like Ljubljana, Warsaw, Belgrade, and Berlin, this book offers a rare glimpse into these remaining structures that witnessed the socio-political transformations of the late 20th century. The photographs included in the volume were taken over a decade, and promise to immerse readers into a forgotten architectural realm that many are unaware that it even exists. 

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
all images courtesy of Zupagrafika

 

 

the Forgotten Modular Kiosks of the Eastern Bloc

 

Mass-produced from the 1970s to the 1990s, modular kiosks like the iconic K67, designed by Slovenian architect Saša J. Mächtig, and similar systems – including the Polish Kami, the Macedonian KC190, and the Soviet ‘Bathyscaphe’ – were ubiquitous throughout the former Eastern Bloc and ex-Yugoslav countries. These kiosks were found everywhere, from busy city squares to socialist-era housing estates, serving as hot dog stands, Polish zapiekanka vendors, farm egg and rotisserie chicken sellers, funeral flower shops, newsstands, car park booths, and currency exchange offices. Some kiosks remain active or have been refurbished, while others have been abandoned or slowly disappeared from the urban landscape. 

 

Photographed over the last decade by the founders of Zupagrafika (find more here), David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka, the book includes a foreword by urban explorer Maciej Czarnecki and an introduction by architectural historian Anna Cymer, providing valuable insights into the history of these unique structures.

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
the photobook features over 150 kiosks from cities like Ljubljana, Warsaw, Belgrade, and Berlin

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
the modular kiosks were mass-produced from the 1970s to the 1990s

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
many kiosks were installed in busy city squares and socialist-era housing estates

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
the photographs included in the volume were taken over a decade

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
some of the kiosks housed farm egg and rotisserie chicken sellers

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other kiosks serves as newsstands, car park booths, and currency exchange offices

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
the modernist kiosks boast vibrant colors

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
some kiosks remain active or have been refurbished

 

'kiosk' photobook explores the forgotten modernist booths of central and eastern europe
other booths have been abandoned

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these kiosks were found everywhere

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‍project info: 

 

name: Kiosk: The Last Modernist Booths Across Central and Eastern Europe
photography: David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka
publisher: Zupagrafika | @zupagrafika

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