• Boris Mikhailov

    Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College

    Already canonized as the “patriarch of Soviet photography,” at fifty-eight Boris Mikhailov is one of the most important contemporary Russian photographers to have explored the post-Soviet psyche. This gripping show drew from three recent series—“U Zemli,” 1991–92, “Sumerki,” 1993, and “If I Were a German,” 1995—and an earlier series “Luriki,” 1971–85. Beyond the daring vision these photographs presented of Russian life, they are striking in their refusal to privilege the technical virtuosity so dear to a growing number of artists from the former Soviet Union.

    Mikhailov shot “U Zemli” (which means

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