Stalin Baroque and Viennese eclecticism are fashionable styles again in Baku. It seems that the former has been the only local tradition for monumental architecture, thus now they erect their gigantic public buildings again in the same orientalizing socialist realist style, which was used for the last time sixty years ago here in the Caucasus. Eclecticism, on the other hand, was the style of the quarter of the oil tycoons of the late nineteenth century, and while now they are demolishing the houses of this quarter, they copy their facades, magnified to the height of ten to fifteen floors, to the newly built skyscrapers.
We try to photograph the traces of real life, independent of the scenery of the power, in the sterilized old town. At the kseroks stall, a policeman comes up to us. “Please do not take pictures of this. Soon we will build a new one in its place.”