Documentary

Photographs in this section are not just portraits of some people shot at a certain time and in a certain place. There is always a story behind each of them, which for me is inseparable from photos themselves. That is why I always diligently describe all the nuances of their creation. Time passes, details wear off, people get forgotten, but I continue to simply carry on my narrative.

Alexey Firsov, "Lavism" artist. Алексей Фирсов, художик лавизма. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Alexey Firsov. Abstract painter

Alexey Firsov is a very fascinating artist who pioneered his own hyper-impressionist technique called “Lavism”. The paint on his canvases spreads like a volcanic lava and congeals on…

Boris Kupriyanov, publisher and publicist, "Falanster" book store founder. Борис Куприянов, издатель и публицист, основатель книжного магазина "Фаланстер". © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Boris Kupriyanov. Publisher and publicist

Boris Kupriyanov is a publisher, and not an ordinary one but rather one-of-a-kind. He does a great thing by publishing little-known authors and rare intellectual literature. His bookstore…

Paolo Roversi, photographer. Паоло Роверси, фотограф. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Paolo Roversi. Fashion photographer

Paolo Roversi is one of the most interesting fashion photographers with an exceptional sense of color and exquisite taste. He is notable for shooting in a now very…

Ilya Kormiltsev, poet. Илья Кормильцев, поэт, переводчик и издатель. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Ilya Kormiltsev. Poet

It’s very hard for me to write about Ilya Kormiltsev and his legacy. He managed to achieve a lot, meant a lot to other people, and a detailed…

Vladimir Semin, photographer. Владимир Семин, фотограф. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Vladimir Semin. Photographer

Vladimir Semin is a very unusual photographer. During his work for the USSR’s major news agency, the Novosti Press Agency, which strove to shape a positive image of…

Marina Razbezhkina, documentary director. Марина Разбежкина, режиссер документального кино. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marina Razbezhkina. Documentary director

Marina Razbezhkina is a very distinctive Russian documentary director. She took up documentary filmmaking late in her life, initially pursuing a career in education and later journalism. A…

Vadim Abdrashitov, film director. Вадим Абдрашитов, кинорежиссер. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Vadim Abdrashitov. Film director

Vadim Abdrashitov is one of my favorite film directors. I watched all the movies he made, many of which I remember from my childhood. Each of them usually…

Oleg Kulik, artist. Олег Кулик, художник, перфомансист. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Oleg Kulik. Performance artist & sculptor

Unfortunately, I have never managed to make a personal acquaintance with famous artist Oleg Kulik, but I have been long following his public performances as a spectator. Although…

Lyalya Kuznetsova, photographer. Ляля Кузнецова, фотограф. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Ljalja Kuznetsova. Photographer

Ljalja Kuznetsova is a world famous photographer and one of the very few people who were allowed to document daily life in the gypsy community. She did it…

Marlen Khutsiev, film director. Марлен Хуциев кинорежиссер. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marlen Khutsiev. Film director

Marlen Khutsiev is not just an internationally renowned director, he is a landmark figure, who shot such iconic Soviet films as I Am Twenty, July Rain and It…

Pietro Masturzo, photographer, World Press Photo 2010 Winner. Пьетро Мастурцо, фотограф. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Pietro Masturzo. Photographer

Red October, a former candy plant in Moscow. Having been adored by Soviet kids for the sweet smell of chocolate and candies, now it no longer produces sweets…

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet of the Khrushchev thaw. Евгений Евтушенко, поэт. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet of the Khrushchev thaw

Yetushenko is a world-famous Russian poet, who was the first to break the silence about the massacre of thousands of Jews in Babi Yar in Kiev. It takes…

Marc Riboud, photographer and former vice-president of Magnum Photos. Марк Рибу, фотограф. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marc Riboud. “The Flower and the Bayonet” memories

This photo came to life in February 2005 during the Photobiennale Moscow. Looking through its programme I discovered that photographers Marc Riboud and Joel Peter Witkin would hold…

Chuck Berry performing "Johnny B. Goode". Чак Берри, музыкант. © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Chuck Berry. Moments from a single concert

It happened in about 2006. I no longer remember the exact date. My friend who was as a sound engineer at the Moscow music club B-1 often offered…

Anatoly Karpov, chess grandmaster and former World Champion. Анатолий Карпов, гроссмейстер, 12-й чемпион мира по шахматам. © Sasha Krasnov

Anatoly Karpov. 12th World Chess Champion

Once, my friend, who was big into chess since his childhood and played it at master level, suggested that we go to the Tal Memorial chess tournament and…