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The power of advertising images in big cities


From Moscow to Tokyo, passing through Madrid, New York, Paris and up to 17 cities, the Russian-American photographer Anastasia Samoylova portrays the urban landscape heading towards homogenization

Anastasia Samoylova (Moscow, 1984) is said to have the spirit of a


a born stroller who wanders aimlessly through the city, whose pleasure lies in scrutinizing her surroundings while remaining unnoticed.

As a good observer, attentive to the transformation of the urban territory, the photographer gives an account of how globalization and capitalism have been altering the relationship of the subject with the city, surrendered to the logic of consumption.

Hence, in her latest work,

Image Cities,

this innovator of documentary photography has focused on the proliferation of advertising images in public spaces.

Images of a monumental scale that are integrated into the architecture, creating a strange effect, as ambivalent and contradictory as the times we are living through.

The series can be seen at the Mapfre Foundation's KBr photography center in Barcelona and will arrive in Madrid next June.

Show that is accompanied by a publication co-published with the publisher Hatje Cantz.

They are images that resemble a


where reality is integrated with fiction to condense a set of visual ideas that offer the viewer multiple meanings.

The portrait of big cities that every day look more like each other.

In the photographs, the human figure appears diminished, indifferent to its surroundings, one more element within a set of elements of a different nature, of geometric shapes and skilful interplay between the figure and the background.



of places and times where the use of the image of women in contemporary society is also alluded to.

A red eye watching from her billboard in Times Square, New York, 2021. Anastasia Samoylova

A woman walks through the shopping street of Moscow's Arbat, 2021. Anastasia Samoylova

Construction fence (“Technology”).

Madrid, 2022. Anastasia Samoylova

Reproduction of building with birds.

Amsterdam, 2022. Anastasia Samoylova

Beauty salon.

New York, 2022. Anastasia Samoylova

Construction fence with marine image.

Monaco, 2022. Anastasia Samoylova

Lingerie ad.

Paris, 2021. Anastasia Samoylova

Yard reproduction.


2022. Anastasia Samoylova

Historical theater poster.

Barcelona, ​​2022. Anastasia Samoylova

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Source: elparis

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