Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, is ugly. Almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, the majority of the city was built during the decades of Soviet rule that followed, resulting in a stark communist-era cityscape of high rises, apartment blocks and every communist architect’s favourite building material, grey concrete.
It’s fair to assume Warsaw will never make any list of Europe’s prettiest cities. But these communist-era buildings, while created in a time of great unhappiness, are increasingly considered vintage classics. I certainly find them really interesting and I love trying to capture their harsh lines and bleak colours through photography. I wonder if one day we will view these awkward constructions with the same beauty we now view castles and old towns.
Here’s some photos Paul and I took of Warsaw’s really ugly but really cool communist-era architecture.