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Boris Mikhailov

Photographs by Boris Mikhailov

Text by Francesco Zanot

Walther Koenig, 2015

First edition


430 pp., 900 color illustrations

198 x 280 mm

ISBN 978-3-86335-816-7

Item #0382

1.300 0382 Sold Out

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Ed Templeton, Jeffrey Ladd, Alec Soth, Miwa Susuda, Tiane Doan Na Champassak, Will Steacy

"Mikhailov is definitely one of the most important artists of our time." — Miwa Susuda

"Spanning roughly 50 years, this densely thick 'diary' of sorts is more artist book that celebrates the anti-hero — one who is challenging systems both of politics and photography" — Jeffrey Ladd

Photographer Boris Mikhailov 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 catch-all 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 afoul 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 style.


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