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.

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

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