FotoFest International

Contemporary Russian Photography

Contemporary Russian Photography is the first extensive publication presenting the history of Soviet-Russian creative photography from the early 1950s to 2012. This book is based on a broad collection of photographic work never before assembled from these years. The book presents the evolution of creative photography of the post-Stalin period through the wild experimentation of Perestroika and its aftermath in the 1990s to the work of young Russian photographers today. In its presentation of Russian photography, the book shows the remarkable breadth of the photographic arts in Russia over the past 66 years. The essays provide a re-examination of the history of creative photography in the Soviet Union and Russia after Stalinism.


The book is divided into three chapters:


After Stalin and “The Thaw” The Re-emergence of the Personal Voice

Late 1940s through the 1970s

Including artists such as: Victor Akhlomov, Max Alpert, Naum Granovsky, Gennady Koposov, Pavel Krivtsov, Vsevolod Tarasevich, Alexander Ustinov.


Perestroika Liberalization and Experimentation

Mid 1980s–2010

Including artists such as: Sergey Chilikov, Alexander Gronsky, Vadim Gushchin, Yuri Kozyrev, Gregory Maiofis, Sergey Maximishin, Boris Mikhailov, Igor Moukhin, Alexey Titarenko.


The Young Generation A Collective Portrait

Mid 2000s–2012

Including artists such as: Oleg Borodin, Maria Kozhanova, Margo Ovcharenko, Nikita Pirogov, Tatiana Plotnikova, Anna Skladmann, Anastasia Tailakova, Daria Tuminas.


The history of Russian creative photography since the late 1950s, its artists and artworks, are the subjects of essays by the leading Russian curators and independent art historians, Evgeny Berezner, Irina Chmyreva and Natalia Tarasova. 

Former Deputy Director General for photography and multi-media projects at the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center of the Russian Ministry of Culture and Deputy Director for photography and multi-media projects at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Evgeny Berezner curated over 150 exhibitions of contemporary and classical Russian photography. 

Irina Chmyreva 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. 

Natalia Tarasova has been curating exhibitions of contemporary and classical photography since the mid-nineties in Russia and abroad. She is the Assistant Professor at the Photography Art Department of Moscow State University of Culture

and Arts. 

Wendy Watriss, curator and co-founder of FotoFest International has worked extensively with Soviet and Russian photography and this team of Russian curators. Her introduction pays homage to the durability of the creative Russian spirit and its contemporary history.

ISBN: 9789053307687
22 x 24.5 cm Hardback 360 pages with approx. 300 photographs in full colour and duotone
50,00 euro