2019 is a jubilee year for the most famous and large-scale construction site of the USSR, one of the few that has continued its development today. This year marks 45 years since the start of the construction of the Baikal-Amur Railway.
The BAM-45 years multimedia project is dedicated to this event, including a photo exhibition with a catalog, a photo album, a documentary film and a special Internet resource, bam45.rf.
The aim of the project is to show the modern image of this most important transport and social structure, linking the vast regions of Russia together. The project was based on photographs of three famous Russian photographers - Sergey Kivrin, Andrey Golovanov and Stanislav Zalesov, made in a year significant for the highway. Each of them saw BAM in their own way, and their work complement each other. The cameras focus on cities and stations, bridges and tunnels, ridges and passes, people living and working on BAM. Filming was conducted for more than six months throughout the railway line from Taishet to the Soviet harbor. Photographers visited the industrial centers of the highway, like Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and in small towns like Zvezdny, where in the spring of 1974 a detachment of builders-pioneers landed in the pristine taiga. The shooting took place at different times of the year, sometimes photographers worked in difficult conditions, reminiscent of the difficult history of the construction of the legendary railway. How the shooting was conducted is reflected in the documentary filmed while working on the project.