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Project | Tanya Shkirando: Russia in portraits

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Though the project seems to be rather simple outside, it traces back to the depth of the history of photography and its main goal – to picture everything and put it in order. In every photographical country and generation of photographers someone always tries to pay attention to those national types that exist in the territory. One may easily remember how our classic masters used to do it – both Prokudin-Gorski and Bulla. But the task is getting more complex in every historical epoch since we get divided into “smaller tribes”, which live their closed life in search for happiness. Tatiana Shkirando makes rather individual portraits.

Decoration of background, details of clothes, emotions, everything helps to decode a hero. We all are very different, but when looking at these pictures one understands that this is Russia of the beginning of the 21st century. I consider epigraph, chosen by Tatiana, to be very precise “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” Antuan de Sent Exupery. Obviously it is a nice move of the author.

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© Text: Yuri Molodkovets. Images: Tanya Shkirando.

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