Sparkling images by photographer ELIZAVETA PORODINA. ‘PRAYERS FOR RAIN’ is the story of an alternate civilization that is trying to figure out a way to live in our strange, unfamiliar world. It is inspired by feelings of melancholy and nostalgia. Elizaveta was born in Russia, but is now based in Munich, Germany. Via triangulationblog
Stunning photos by Russian artist EVGENY MOKHOREV (b.1967, Leningrad). His work is poetic and rough at the same time. Mokhorev is mainly known for his disturbing work of teenagers in St.Petersburg. He often chooses to work with fragile and poor young models. This apparently is an artistic choice to portray the elegance and brutality of life in the post-Soviet era. His distinctive style has been said to display the ‘Russian soul’. Mokhorev started out taking photos at the age of eight. Since 1986 he has worked as a professional photographer. He is represented by Nailya Alaxander Gallery in NYC. His work is part of prominent collections such as Brooklyn Museum of Art, USA and The House of Photography Collection. Moscow, Russia amongst others. He lives and works in St.Petersburg.
Photographs by Russian photographer BORIS IGNATOVICH (born in 1899 in Ukraine -died in 1976). Boris was a Soviet photographer and member of the Russian avant-garde movement.A pioneer of Soviet photography. He started out as a journalist and newspaper editor, but then took up documentary photography in 1923. Ignatovich tried to alter the traditional format of documentary photography by using very low and very high unconventional angles, developing new perspectives, and including birds-eye constructions, which rendered the landscape as an abstract composition.
‘Between 1948 to 2005, 3,000 drawings were compiled by prison warden and ethnographer Danzing Baldaev of the tattoos of the inmates. Supported by the KGB, who recognised the usefulness of such a document, these drawings were supplemented by photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, a fellow warden.In 2003, the publisher Fuel began repackaging the sketches and photographs into the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia.Vasiliev’s black-and-white photographs are an important document of Baldaev’s illustrations, designed to confirm their authenticity, but becoming something much more- humanizing the hardship and heartbreak behind the bravado of the illustrated flesh.’ (Michael Hoppen Gallery).