Kargopol: Architectural Heritage in Photographs
Kargopol: Architectural Heritage in Photographs has recently been published by "Tri Kvadrata" publishers in Moscow with the support of the Kennan Institute. The book is devoted to the architecture of one of the oldest towns in the Russian North. The photographs are by the book's author, William Craft Brumfield, one of the leading western experts in Russian architecture, professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and honorary fellow of both the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and the Russian Academy of the Arts.
The book contains color as well as black-and-white photographs of architectural and historic sites in Kargopol itself and in the nearby village of Saunino. The photographs were taken by the author over the course of his many trips within Russia. The negatives of these photographs are preserved in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
This publication presents in both Russian and English the author's text, which includes a survey of the town's history together with a description of certain nearby sites. The book's frontispiece contains a fragment of the map of Moscovia published by Gilliaume DeLisle in Paris in 1706.
This is the sixth volume in the "Discovering Russia" series, dedicated to lesser known corners of Russia and to their architectural history. Previous volumes in this acclaimed series include Totma, Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Solikamsk, and Cherdyn. These books are intended not only for specialists but also for readers with an interest in regional studies, architectural history, and photography. We hope that by virtue of the dual language publication format, these treasures of Russia's cultural heritage will gain a wider audience beyond Russia itself.