“This is not documentary. It is much more exciting to see this book as a cinematic haiku, or a photographic and poetic short story, amazed by the intensity and grace of the moment, far beyond memory (...)". Inge Henneman
With these images, Van Kesteren composes a book of more than 250 photographs, printed on magazine paper and interspersed with titles written in red on white pages, which are a list of chapters, organized chronologically. This particular object bears the enigmatic and beautifully simple title of « Why Mister, Why? » » .
Along with an essay by David Travis, Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago since 1972, this volume collects more than 100 images of a time that's both historically important and emotionally resonant, one in which, as Sterling says, "opportunity is revealed and must be exploited."
Very provocative, the famous Mikhailov’s photographs document the daily life of homeless people (also known as Bomzhes) living in post-communist Eastern Europe after the disappearance of the Soviet Union. These are ruthless and flawless representations of poverty and of communities living on the sidelines of Russia's new economic regime, without any help...