Au cours des années 80, l’artiste sibérien Nikolay Bakharev travaille comme mécanicien et photographe employé par les services municipaux en URSS. Pour compléter ses revenus, il réalise en toute clandestinité quelques portraits sur les plages publiques de Russie orientale. Si la séance se déroule convenablement, il invite ses modèles à faire d’autres clichés dans un cadre plus intime. Pendant plusieurs heures ces derniers prennent des
L’un des plus beaux ouvrages et recueils d’images en noir et blanc que l’on a pu voir récemment. Ces photographies presque amateurs capturent parfaitement les vies de ceux saisis dans leur intimité.During the 1980s, the Siberian artist Nikolay Bakharev worked as a mechanic and communal services factory photographer in the USSR. To supplement his income he would solicit work as a black market portrait photographer on the public beaches of Eastern Russia. If the shoot went well, he would invite his subjects to make further images in a more intimate setting, compelling his subjects over several hours into contorted, erotically charged poses, which at the time was highly illegal. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Bakharev began to work more openly as an artist, although often being admonished as a pornographer. His photographs from this time reveal more than just the bodies of his subjects, but the longing and dampened dreams of the inhabitants of an industrial town and the desires of an unrelenting artist.
One of the most beautiful books and set of black and white images we have seen in recent memory. The almost amateur images are haunting, perfectly capturing the lives of those being photographed in their intimacy. Really worth it.