Russia² by Dmitry Markov
Collection of photographs
TEXT IN RUSSIAN
Indeed, since Draft, many new photos have been collected and after selecting the best ones and based on a successful exhibition at the Gogol Center (Moscow), a new album has been produced by Treemedia Editions: Russia².
As a reminder, the 35-year-old Russian photographer, laureate of the prestigious awards Silver Camera, PhotoPhilanthropy Activists and Getty Images-Instagram awards, is well-known for the raw and real aspect of his photographs, made with a simple iPhone and his sharp eye. For Draft, he had documented the unfiltered life in the former USSR. No staging in his photos, no models to pose: only scenes of everyday life that Dmitry had captured on the fly, almost stealthily for some.
This album is once again a collection, a choice to edit photos that are already available online. Dmitry Markov explains it this way:
"First of all, the events of this year suggest the disturbing idea that "open access" is a fragile phenomenon and depends on a political agenda. Of course, the likelihood of Instagram being blocked is low, but such a scenario cannot be completely ruled out. With this in mind, I would like to preserve a photographic archive of the past few years in a reliable, analogue format.
Secondly, I would like these photos to stay with those who see them as a part of their lives. Because it is a part of our history. It's our childhood in the suburbs, our neighbours on the benches, in the doorways, the familiar streets of our cities, and, of course, ourselves. I am flattered to be recognised abroad as a photographer, but, hand on heart, my dearest and most beloved viewers are those who recognise something indigenous in these photographs. Those who, like me, feel a connection, remember the past, or divine the present. These are my most important viewers.
And the album is for them."
The Russia² book will be published by Treemedia in early Winter 2021.
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Check out this exclusive interview with Dmitry from 2018 by Konbini, right here!