These images are from a series that examines Joseph Stalin’s architectural legacy from 1922-2012. The impact of his personal taste and political will is evident in Moscow today. Linked to Stalin by era, architect and anecdote, these iconic structures are revealed as they appeared when architects first put their designs on paper. Stalin understood the importance of expressing and wielding power through bricks and mortar. He also understood the significant role that different architectural styles play in reinforcing the values of the state. Thus, the buildings constructed during his era provide us with a historic record written in stone.
LESLIE HOSSACK BIOGRAPHY Leslie Hossack is a Canadian photographer who lives in Ottawa; she travels extensively and spends three months every year in Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and her photographs have appeared in many publications including in The Globe and Mail and Apollo in the UK. Hossack received the 2010 Ottawa Photography Festival Portfolio Award and the 2011 Applied Arts Award for for her National Socialist Architecture series. The German Embassy in Ottawa highlighted her photographic studies of Berlin on their website, and she was interviewed about this work on CBC Radio. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, following in a long tradition of national war artists, and she was recently deployed to Kosovo. In 2013, Hossack's series Stalin’s Architectural Legacy was awarded 3rd place for historic architecture in the prestigious ipa (International Photography Awards). What's next? In 2014 the challenge will be: Charting Churchill"s London. Focusing on the built environment, Hossack has completed major studies of iconic architecture in Vancouver 2008-11, Paris 2009, Berlin 2010, Jerusalem 2011, Moscow 2012 and Kosovo 2013. In Ottawa, she explores historic structures closer to home. This work includes her interpretative photographs of the disappearance of Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe, and the Diefenbunker, Canada's flagship nuclear shelter. In 2012, she was interviewed on CBC Radio about her exhibition FALLOUT at The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Hossack’s work is held in public and corporate collections in Canada, and in private collections at home and abroad, including that of Ralph Gibson in New York.