Boris Mikhailov: Look at Me I Look at Water or Perversion of Repose

ISBN: 978-3882439687
Artist(s): Boris Mikhailov
Author(s): Boris Mikhailov
Format: hardback
Edition: 1st
Year published: 2004
Publisher: Steidl
Publisher Location: Germany
Total Pages: 132
Illustrations: Photographs in Colour throughout


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Rarely has anyone photographed reality in such an unprettified way as Boris Mikhailov. He captures the unadorned and the natural; in pictures devoid of aesthetic exhaltation, he concentrates on people and their living conditions. On his journeys through Russia, Germany and his Ukrainian homeland, Mikhailov has equally observed the poor, the well-to-do, the outcasts and the homeless. Look at Me, I Look at Water was composed in 1999 at the suggestion of the Heiner Mller-Society when Boris Mikhailov’s name was found in one of Heiner Mller’s notebooks. With this book Mikhailov is continuing, thematically and conceptionally, what he began with his artist’s book Unfinished Dissertation in 1985. The photographs are accompanied by handwritten Russian commentaries, which together give the impression of a private album which narrates stories from a chapter in the artist’s life.


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