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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.

German Vinogradov. Artist, musician, performer

German Vinogradov is a Russian artist, poet, and musician famous for his ritual-like performances. He is a frequent guest at all kinds of art events and it is…

Dmitri Vrubel. Artist

Dmitri Vrubel is a Berlin-based artist of Russian descent famous for his masterpiece My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love. This work is one of the…

Viktor Erofeyev. Writer

Viktor Erofeyev is a Russian writer famous for his “anti-socialist realism” style, one of the most prominent examples of which is his book Life With An Idiot. It…

Damien Hirst. Artist and collector

Damien Hirst is one of the most prominent representatives of the so-called Young British Artists (YBA), a generation of postmodernist artists that came to prominence in the UK…

Valery Koshlyakov. Artist

Valery Koshlyakov is one of the most prominent representatives of the Russian art group Iskusstvo ili Smert (Eng: Art or Death). I first saw his art at his…

Yuri Mamleev. Philosopher

Yuri Mamleev is one of the most significant contemporary Russian writers and philosophers, who attracted scores of unofficial artists in his flat in the Soviet times. He had…

Pavel Ruminov. Film director

Pavel Ruminov is a Russian film director. I happened to take his portrait during a break in the shooting of his arthouse film Dead Daughters. It starred Dasha…

Eduard Boyakov. Theater director

Eduard Boyakov is a well-known Russian producer, theater director, and drama teacher, who created the Praktika experimental theater in Moscow. I was offered with taking his portrait on…

Alexey Firsov. Artist

Alexey Firsov is a Russian very fascinating abstract painter who pioneered his own hyper-impressionist artistic style self-called ‘Lavism’. The paint on his canvases spreads like volcanic lava and…

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…

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…