Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet of the Khrushchev thaw. © Sasha Krasnov, 2005

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 many pages to describe all his acievements but I’d better refer you to a very detailed article about him on Wikipedia.

I met him at an exhibition of modern art, which involved a poetic show. He came in absolutely unexpectedly, greeted the audience and sat down to watch the performance. I got close to him and started taking pictures.

At that time I only had a roll of expired Fujichrome Velvia 50, a color reversal film which I’ve exposed at ISO 200 for cross processing. The film speed usually increases during cross processing. This allowed me to take pictures in a relatively dark room. The photo on top I converted into b/w, while the second one I decided to keep in color.

Sasha Krasnov