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 looks at a specific problem in human relations, thus exploring the so-called human factor.

Vadim Abdrashitov managed to pursue his own creative path, retaining independence from authorities even in the Soviet period when it was really difficult.

Vadim Abdrashitov, film director #1 © Sasha Krasnov Photography

Vadim Abdrashitov, film director #2 © Sasha Krasnov Photography

Many of his famous films were made in cooperation with Russian scriptwriter Aleksandr Mindadze, who in recent years has himself ventured into film making — and not unsuccessfully. The two were even dubbed a creative duo at that time, however, in my view, everyone in the cinema products handles his or her own task independently, and the outcome of the work primarily rests on a film director.

When I found out about a public meeting with Vadim Abdrashitov in Moscow, I couldn’t but go there to listen to his words of wisdom and make his portrait.

© Sasha Krasnov