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Eduard Limonov. Writer and political dissident

Eduard Limonov is a famous Russian writer, poet, and political dissident. He is a very controversial and meticulously researched figure — and I don’t think I have much…

Attilio Steffanoni. Artist

Attilio Steffanoni is a painter-watercolorist and graphic artist from Bergamo, with his work, mostly featuring Venetian motifs, carnival and Moscow landscapes. Attilio Steffanoni is a very unusual artist,…

Joel-Peter Witkin. Photographer

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer whose creative method usually gets mixed reviews. He uses corpses or body parts in his surrealistic images and often works with minorities…

Lens #5: Pentax 67 300mm F4

I only remembered that I had Pentax 67 300mm F4 lens when I was going through my archive looking for a portrait requested by a book publisher. I…

New York in Liquid emulsion prints

At first, I planned to write a very detailed blog entry about my trip to New York but when I put all the prints together and tossed out…

Magnus Carlsen. Chess Prodigy

Magnus Carlsen is a chess prodigy. In 2013, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He achieved his peak…

Patrick Demarchelier. Photographer

Legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier is best known for his portraits of Princess Diana. They are remarkable indeed, as well as many other of his works. A Moscow-based photography…

Georgy Kolosov. Photographer

Georgy Kolosov is, unfortunately, not as famous worldwide as he deserves to be. But he is very dedicated to his life-work. He belongs to a rare type of…

Street photography prints

Those who see my street photography images often ask me why cities in my images look so deserted and people are almost always alone as if there is…

Garry Kasparov. 13th World Chess Champion

It is probably worth starting with the fact that Garry Kasparov is the greatest chess player on the planet. And until now no other chess player has managed…

Venice in Liquid emulsion prints

I initially thought about writing a short introduction about Venice and its canals. But then I decided to abandon this idea because they are a well-known phenomenon and…

Otar Iosseliani. Film director

There are lots to say about film director Otar Iosseliani, but you’d better watch his films. Anyway, it is worth describing the circumstances in which these photos came…

Yuri Belyaev. Actor

Yuri Belyaev is a Russian classical actor with a very interesting and striking appearance. He first caught my eye in the remarkable film Edinozhdy solgav… (Who had once…

Igor Mukhin. Photographer

Igor Mukhin is an absolutely unique photographer. I met him for the first time in 2003 at a rather unique event, Art-Klyazma, which was essentially an open-air art…

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. 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 and translator

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

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

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

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. Performance artist and 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…

Ljalja Kuznetsova. Photographer

Ljalja Kuznetsova is a world-famous photographer and one of the very few people who was allowed to document daily life in the gypsy community. She did it not…