The Range. The Caucasus from Sea to Sea to be presented at the Red Square Book Festival 5th of June 2016


Anton Lange's photo album The Range. The Caucasus from Sea to Sea to be presented at the Red Square Book Festival

At 12:30 on Sunday, June 5, the Regions Pavilion will be hosting a presentation of the unique photo album titled The Range. The edition is the first tangible outcome of a major photo and video project on the North Caucasus which was implemented by the celebrated Russian photographer Anton Lange in partnership with the Northern Caucasus Resorts JSC.

The Range. The Caucasus from Sea to Sea is a project covering the length of a journey along the entire northern slope of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range from the Caspian to the Black Sea.

Known to the wide audience as the author of the legendary project Russia through a Train Window, Anton Lange will now present a comprehensive portrait of the Russian Northern Caucasus, one of Russia's most authentic regions.

"Indeed, what other place in our country can rival the Caucasus in terms of emotional intensity? It can evoke both subconscious delight and apprehension in our hearts. Local sceneries take your breath away not only by the steepness of their slopes, but also by the effect of photographic grain created in real time by tenuous air, and the vibrant beauty of alpine blossom. Different areas of the Caucasus can be associated with various locations: Europe, Asia, Italy, or the Himalayas,"

says Anton Lange, the artistic director of the project.

More than fifteen expeditions carried out over the eighteen months of work in Europe's highest mountains and unique helicopter footage provide an unprecedented outlook on the Caucasus. The photographs selected for the album are a poetic interpretation of the Greater Caucasus' virgin nature as well as its peoples' historical roots and ways of life.

The Range is Russia's first art edition to include over 400original images and texts covering a remarkable journey which started in Dagestan, Chechnya, and Ingushetia, continued west, to Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea, and finished on the Black Sea shores.

The presentation will feature Anton Lange's first-hand account of the book creation and the large-scale shooting process as well as the trailer of a semi-documentary and semi-fiction film on the Caucasus' natural attractions and hospitable inhabitants, which is currently in the making.