Sunday 14 September 2014


Dmitri Baltermants Stalin’s funeral, Moscow, 1953 © via The Photographers' Gallery
Primrose installation, 2014 © Kate Elliott via The Photographers' Gallery.
Boris Mikhailov's Suzi Et Cetera @ The Photographers' Gallery.

Every time we are around Soho we like to go into the Photographers' Gallery as usually they have really nice exhibitions and events, and so we did a week ago to find the wonderful Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia curated by Olga Sviblova, Director of Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography Museum.

"Primrose showcases the appearance and development of colour in Russian photography from the 1860s to the 1970s. It presents both the history of Russian photography and the history of Russia in photography, depicting life over the course of a century, as the country endured unprecedented upheaval."

Among the great documents, exhibited chronologically, depicting the evolution not only in color but in the Russian society in general (politically and culturally), we really loved discovering the work of Boris Mikhailov, one of the photographers that back in the 1970s had to exhibit his work underground using slideshows. The photographic series were only accessible to "a small circle of like-minded people for home viewing," and so in the gallery you have a mini dark-room to see Mikhailov slideshow titled Suzi Et Cetera from the late 1970s early 1980s.

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia is on until the 19th October, along with other exhibitions, at The Photographers' Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW and the admission is free. Go and have a look!

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