Shadow of the State by Lewis Bush
The printing of the book is in November, shipping is planned on January
"Numbers stations" – which you can tune into at home – are widely thought to be transmitting coded messages to spies around the world.
The Cold War ended in 1991, but echoes of it can still be heard today. One example of this are numbers stations, short wave radio broadcasts of coded messages, believed to be intended for undercover agents in enemy states. Despite originating in the darkest days of the last century, these transmissions continue today, with broadcasts occurring daily from countries including Russia, Cuba, and North Korea.
Shadows of the State is a photographic project by Lewis Bush which investigates mysterious broadcasts and attempts to locate the possible transmitter sites of thirty of these stations. These sites are then mapped using high-resolution satellite imagery and displayed alongside radio spectrograms, audio recordings, and extensive information about each station.
The result of this is a 192 page photobook, Shadows of the State, which contains information, imagery and audio from thirty of these stations.
Alongside the physical book, a dedicated website will house additional recordings, information about the stations, and an explanation of some of the research methods used to produce the book.
The dummy book has been shortlisted for numerous prizes including:
*The Mysterious Radio Stations Broadcasting Secret Messages on Vice Mag
*The Bar Tur Book Award 2015
*The LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2015
*The Self-Publish Riga Dummy Award 2016
*The LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2016.