Flying Over Modern Moscow

“ArchiDrone,” a photo book by Denis Esakov, invites readers to view a new panorama of the city.

Photographer Denis Esakov has captured the special aesthetics of the capital, using unexpected perspectives to masterfully and artistically capture roofs, cupolas, and towering geometric structures. “ArchiDrone:The Fifth Façade of Modern Moscow” is a unique project – a photo essay of 70 notable buildings that have been built in the past century. The idea for his Fifth Façade series came to Esakov while reading about architectural theory and history: “Comparing what we see on paper with what we see with our own eyes from the viewpoint of axonometry and the floor plan should tell us something new about a building.”

Using radio-controlled drones, Esakov gives viewers the opportunity “to fly” over familiar buildings and see them from the bird’s-eye view. Each building entry contains three photographs: two aerial shots to show the building’s layout and façade, and a third taken from the ground. “Archidrone” is not so much a book as an invitation to view the panorama of the city, but from new angles.

A self-taught student of both photography and history, Esakov has looked for and examined abstraction in architecture. His geometric photographs leave no room for beings on the human scale, and Esakov admits that he is not fond of photographing people, preferring abstraction of the monumental.

Released by the Berlin-based DOM Publishing, the book appears in Russian, English and German. Although the English title – “Spying on Moscow: A Winged Guide to Architecture” – differs from the Russian, the photographic and written content is consistent throughout the three editions. The book will be presented by DOM publishing representative Karina Diemer at the Central House of Artists on May 24. Denis Esakov will be present for the talk and book signing session.

“ArchiDrone: Flying Over Modern Moscow,” Central House of Artists, Moscow. May 24.