Yaroslav Solop, Ukraine based artist specialised in experimental photography, born in Chernivtsi region, 1979. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated from Lviv National Academy of Arts, faculty of design.
An experimental project “The Plastic Mythology”, started in 2011, based on the synthesis of the inner images and memories from the childhood, associated with Ancient Greek mythology and projected into the photographic space. The thematic base of the series is mythological stories, key personages – ancient gods. The “ready-made” works are characterized by the uncommon, as to the classical mythological plot, interpretation of the pictorial elements, their combination with nude bodies of gods and Greek heroes in the artistic space. The project involves social context as its name and sence are also about current frequently fake ideals of modern life and about the accent on material values. (more…)
Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013) is an American photographer and painter born 1923 in Pittsburg, USA. He had developed an early interest in painting and was fortunate to meet the abstract expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart. Pousette-Dart and W. Eugene Smith encouraged Leiter to pursue photography and he was soon taking black and white pictures with a 35 mm Leica. In 1948, he started taking color photographs. He began associating with other contemporary photographers such as Robert Frank and Diane Arbus and helped form the New York School of photographers during the 1940s and 1950s. Saul Leiter’s ground-breaking work in photography and painting is only now receiving the international recognition it deserves. (more…)
Jonas Kalvelis (1925-1987) is one of the most important representatives of the “Lithuanian School of Photography”. Various exhibitions and publications established his reputation in Soviet Union`s photography. Due to the political changes at the beginning of the nineties, the interest in forms of artistic expression also changed. After his death in 1987 the interest in photography concentrated on newer forms of expression, developed by younger generations. He concentrated on two main themes: “Dunes” and “Forest”, in which he combines technical perfection with a deep sensitiveness for the impressions of nature. High demanded on manufacturing and perfection of the prints the “Dunes” of Kalvelis with their rich contrasts are similar to Old Master Drawings and their finely tuned shades. (more…)
Boris Mikhailov was born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine lives and works in the Ukraine and in Berlin. He is one of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union. For over 30 years, he has explored the position of the individual within the historical mechanisms of public ideology, touching on such subjects as Ukraine under Soviet rule, the living conditions in post-communist Eastern Europe, and the fallen ideals of the Soviet Union. Although deeply rooted in a historical context, Mikhailov’s work also incorporates profoundly engaging and personal narratives of humor, lust, vulnerability, aging, and death. Case History documents Mikhailov’s perception of social disintegration ensuing from the break-up of the Soviet Union – both in terms of social structures and the resulting human condition, the social oppression, the devastating poverty, the harshness and helplessness of everyday life for the homeless. Mikhailov’s photography is a personal protest that doesn’t lead to the victory of social justice or any resolutions, for that matter; the homeless and orphans remain in the same condition they were pictured: abandonded by the country’s social safety net and, in most instances, with no positive prospects for the future. (more…)
Herve All born in 1976, Lyon, France. Graduated from the Academy of fine art, Perpignan (France) and residing and work in New York. Herve All works on perception and consciousness through new narratives and focuses on the thin line between dream and reality. He, a lucid dreamer, doesn’t feel like a photographer: through he works with medium of photography, each picture is the result of a performance where he uses a torch. His thin beam of light not only focuses on details but goes beyong the surface, exciting the body’s cells and giving a new glimpse into reality. He uses light not just as a tool or for aesthetical effect, but to explore the fine line between light and dark, flesh and soul, body and space, conscious and inconscious perception.
Akos Major is Hungarian landscape photographer, born in 1974. He studied classic graphic design in the Secondary School of Arts, in Pécs, Hungary. Graduated in 2001 from Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary with a degree of Visual Communications. After working for ten years in an Ad-Agency, left the industry in 2010 to work as a freelance designer. Akos is currently living in Vienna, Austria. Most of Akos’ photographs are taken during long walks in Iceland, Hungary, and Austria. He has always been drawn to wide open spaces void of people and tend to shoot when there’s no one around, when the places are bare and lonely, and like to do it without much set-up. He always shoot alone and like to work slowly, in silent places, where he can get lost in the ambience. His photographic work is the essence of what he see, how he feel when he’s around with hies gear. Photography is the way to his zen mind… (more…)
Jason Eskenazi is an American photographer, born 1960 in Queens, New York. The fall of the Berlin Wall led him out of Queens into the big world. After trips to Germany and Romania for their first democratic elections Jason traveled to Russia in 1991, just before the August coup that marked the end of the USSR, and have returned many times since culminating in a photography book project called “Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith”, exhibited at Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France and at the Leica Gallery in New York and winner of Best Photography Book 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. Eskenazi spent more than a decade photographing life in the former Soviet Union. He says that USSR is a gloomy utopian nightmare . He believes that it’s a tragedy that people of the ruined empire, who are not ready for a new life, who don’t see their place in future, feel nostalgic about the communistic past. Jason says his photographs are about the difficulty of losing what you always thought would be there. Wonderland is about nostalgia, choices, missed chances, the search for life… the finding of love and the loss of love. For him it is the metaphor of the Soviet Union. (more…)
Christopher Burkett was born in 1951 and was reared in the Pacific Northwest. In 1975, while he was a brother in a Christian order, he became interested in photography as a means of expressing the grace, light and beauty he saw present in the world of nature. Over the next twenty years, he gradually perfected his craft so photography could be the means through which he could express his innermost feelings and inspiration. Burkett has an extraordinary eye for framing nature, for making his rectangular windows onto it seem as if they were destined to be pictures. Today he works almost exclusively with color 8 x 10″ transparencies. Christopher Burkett was honored to receive the 2004 Hasselblad Masters award. (more…)
Henri Cartier-Bresson visited the Soviet Union in 1954 to document daily life under communism, the first foreign photographer to photograph “freely” in the post-war since Stalin’s death a year earlier. The presentation combines photographs dating from that year with those from a journey in 1972, when he personally observed the development of a country that was still very inaccessible. After this first trip to Russia, a second one came 19 years later for Cartier-Bresson. He was looking forward to it with the expectation to see the changes. “There is nothing more revealing than comparing a country with itself by grasping its differences and trying to discover the thread of its continuity,” he said. In fact, there is an important difference between his ’54 and ’72-’73 pictures of the Soviet Union. (more…)
Julien Legrand was born in France in 1979. He started as graphic designer. Passion to photography came to him later. On that time he was shooting everything: portraits, landcapes, travel photo e.t.c. Slowly Julien began to shoot only on the streets. Most of Julien Legrand’s pictures explore the chance moments of everyday life, with a focus on pedestrians. For him, streets and public spaces are inexhaustible sources of inspiration. He always has a camera with him and takes pictures almost every day, anywhere, at any time. He operates spontaneously, instinctively, creating a visual record that does not seek to relate or denounce anything; he prefers to let the imagination run free. The idea of being suffocated by a repetitive and impersonal daily life frightens him, so shooting on the street is his way of constantly keeping in touch with the world around him. Julien Legrand is a member of Street Photographers collective. (more…)