In 2001, Peter Marlow photographed Kaliningrad, capturing the city’s brutalist concrete vistas and people.

Travelling with him was the late writer AA Gill, who penned the article that accompanied Peter’s photo essay in The Sunday Times. “On top of the bile-green slurry-taupe and mortician-grey tenement blocks, the slogans of communism – ‘bread and motherland’, ‘Victory to Heroic Soviet workers’ cling on, but are being elbowed aside by the United Colors of Benetton, Panasonic and Coca-Cola. Kaliningrad doesn’t know if it’s coming or going. In fact, it’s doing both.” Together, the photographer and journalist painted a portrait of the creeping infiltration of Western culture in the former communist city.

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