5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2008
'Satellites' is a great collection of photographs, in terms of scope and political awareness. It's also a triumph on a pictorial level, in its use of frenzied angles and colour. Sometimes this is minimal like lone figures at the edge of photographs walking through snow or fog, and others strikingly rich: the garish pink of a heroin addict's dress; the hell-like yellow of a busy commuter's bus.
As mentioned, it functions at the edges, its use of colour maddeningly good (reminiscent of fellow Magnum photographers Gruyaert and Pinkhassov), and its crazy angles not unlike Eugene Richards' work.
Thoroughly recommended. Pictures at the edge, from un-newsworthy places made vibrant through Bendiksen's lens.
on 9 August 2012
i'm writing this review in response to the negative reviews i have read about this book.
if you're looking for a soulless collection of perfectly focussed travel photography this book isn't for you. if you're looking for beautiful images, perfectly composed and lit, that offer a window into the lives of people living in the former soviet republics it may well be.
as other reviewers have commented bendiksen's use of colour is phenomenal. i don't see any use of colour filters in this book. shooting with available light in artificially lit spaces often gives an orange/yellow/red cast. the images in this book demonstrate that bendiksen is fully in control of focus and exposure and his use of motion blur in low-light pictures is intentional.
i find this book moving and powerful in the way it connects the viewer with the lives of the people pictured. there is warmth, humour and empathy in his approach to his subjects. the cover image is iconic, unforgettable: an example of an incredibly skilled photographer capturing the perfect moment.
i don't know whether external links are allowed in reviews but there is a slide show of selected images from the book along with a commentary from bendiksen here: [...]
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2007
I am an avid collector of documentary photography books, as well as being a documentary photographer myself.
This book is amongst the best I have seen in recent years, and offers a haunting insight into the ever lasting effects of the iron curtain. Bendikson's use of colour is phenomenal.
4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2007
I bought the book because the project seemed very interesting. However, I ended up being really upset with having spent my money in it.
For a book classified as a photography book, the stories about the locations were great. Unfortunately, the quality and detail of the pictures is really bad. In fact, the only good picture is the one on the cover. The rest, are pretty bad. I wonder how the author managed to get it published.
3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2007
This is a quirky photographic account of 6 areas of the old Soviet Union. Allthe pages are unnumbered and printed on black paper. There are 2 pages of text for each area which is reasonably informative but should havebeen considerably expanded to give amore complete picture.The major failing of this book is the extremely poor quality of the pictures the majority of which are out of focus or seem to have been taken ith a red filter.This does not create the atmosphere which Ithink was intended.The few picrures in focus are quite good.Abook more noted for its fults than its good points.