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Photo Gallery: Summers in the Soviet Version of Coney Island

Yelena Yemchuk’s black and white photos of Gidropark in Kiev, an island where she spent summers as a child, inhabit a strange temporal limbo. Looking at some of the images, you’d swear they were snapped back in the ’70s, when she was still a young girl, while others manage to feel very current. Regardless of what era they channel, the series as a whole — which could easily be mistaken for film stills — embodies the languid nature of summer in a way that is timeless. Click through for a selection of some of our favorite shots, and if you live in New York, head over to the Gitterman Gallery beginning on May 5th to check them out in person.


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#21), 2007. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#67), 2008. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#4), 2008. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#22), 2007. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#65), 2008. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#33), 2008. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#56), 2008. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#10), 2005. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#54), 2007. Gelatin silver print


Yelena Yemchuk, Gidropark (#45), 2008. Gelatin silver print

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