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Polish Cold War Neon

‘Ilona Karwińksa’s images of communist-era neon preserve a unique and significant moment in Poland’s history.’
- David Crowley, Royal College of Art, London
‘Polish neon signage was renowned for its outstanding technical and artistic qualities. These signs originally were an attempt to increase consumerism in the time of economic standstill in Poland. Author Ilona Karwinska collects her own stunning photographs, archival images, original neon designs, and interviews with their designers to reveal the untold story of Polish Neon.’


All images from Polish Cold War Neon (Ilona Karwinska), published by Mark Batty