Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov : Diary

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Photographer Boris Mikhailov (born 1938) dedicates his new volume Diary to the "Blaue Horse" group, a group of young people, many from his Ukrainian hometown of Kharkov, who were persecuted and jailed by Soviet authorities at the end of the 1950s for "pornography," a catchall accusation that could accommodate crimes like loving the Beatles and dancing to rock and roll. Mikhailov introduces this collection of his Soviet-era photographs by explaining that he took up photography in the shadow of that moment of repression, aware that almost all of his subjects and images would run foul of the party line. In this new artist's book, Mikhailov's photographs--showing daily life in the Soviet Union, in color and black and white, in the unblinking style for which the artist is known--are presented without further comment, arranged in an intimate scrapbook more

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  • Hardback | 430 pages
  • 200 x 285 x 43.18mm | 2,381.36g
  • Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther Konig
  • Cologne, Germany
  • English
  • Multilingual edition
  • Multilingual
  • 900 colour illustrations
  • 3863358163
  • 9783863358167
  • 805,407

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Mikhailov's photos were unflinching in their honesty. In a way they represent the finality of art, [a] reflection of the world so disfigured that any ability to aestheticize it looks fake. That's what sets Mikhailov apart from artists whose photos of human misery negate themselves through stylization.--Eugene Rabkin "StyleZeitgeist "show more

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