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instead of foreword
a few weird thoughts about photography

 

My photographic baptizing took place some 15 years ago -- in the mid-1980s of the century, which we already call last century… That was a time when rapid changes occurred in the Soviet photographic art, primarily caused by pre-Perestroyka intellectual ferment of the intelligentsia and unbridled energy of youths. Unexpectedly for many of us, photography became an easy instrument to freely (and uncontrollably!) ‘vivisect’ one’s own and public consciousness and critically analyze existing (or imposed) values. While many professional artists could only dream about freedom of creative expression, we -- so called independent photographers -- just lived on it…

Photography fascinated us by magic of the black box and mystery of the dark room where thanks to hardly conceivable laws of the universe, reality pictured by a camera presented a new image on photo paper -- that stripped of false colors and foreign noises. A two-dimensional black-and-white world suddenly obtained an emphasized brightness and clarity.

Of course, we couldn’t even think about computers or digital cameras at that time. No Photoshop, no endless and meaningless "Save As"... Everything was happening by will of the Great chance: once and for ever. At least, many of us truly believed in that and reverently bowed our heads before the silent might of Silver Photography. And that became our religion.

New times with their latest-fashion technologies of creation and transmission of visual images failed to undermine our faith in the primacy of a silver image on a fragile piece of photo paper and its supremacy over all other ways of expressing the reality. Today I use different devices (both digital photo- and videocamers) to record my interaction with visible reality. But, for some reason, I am sure that I am not alone in Old Belief in Silver Photography.

Photographically yours,

Uladzimir Parfianok

 

 

 

 

 

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• instead of foreword curriculum vitae participation in exhibitions list of publications curatorship of exhibitions collections, grants, awards biography in french biography in german

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