Contemporary Russian Photography.
Edited by Evgeny Berezner & Irina Tchmyreva.
Schilt Publishing, 2013. 400 pp., 300 color and duotone illustrations, 8½x9¾".
Contemporary Russian Photography brings back to view an extraordinary period of Russian photography that is largely unknown. With approximately 300 images from the end of the Stalinist era in the 1950s, through the Perestroika years and its aftermath between the late 1980s through 2010 to the photography of young Russians today, the book is an unparallelled representation of the evolution of creative photography in Russia over the past 60 years.
Essays about the history of these works and the artists have been written by the leading Russian curators and independent art historians, Evgeny Berezner and Irina Tchmyreva, Ph.D., with curatorial associate Natalia Tarasova, with an introduction by the executive curator and artistic director of FotoFest International, Wendy Watriss.
The book contains biographies of more than 150 Russian and Soviet artists, an in-depth Soviet/Russian cultural and political events list from World War II to the present, and an important bibliography of contemporary Russian photography. With accompanying maps and artistic statements, this publication is an outstanding and unique resource for Russian history and photography.
The principal essayists have extensive professional experience. As Deputy Director General for photography and multi-media projects at the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Mr. Berezner curated over 150 exhibitions of contemporary and classical Russian photography. Irina Tchmyreva is the senior researcher for photography at the Department of Russian Art of the 20th Century in the State Research Institute of Art History in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. She has written widely on Russian photography.
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