Aperture 116

 Fall 1989

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9 1/2 x 11 1/4 76 pages 978-0-89381-410-6

Aperture Magazine, issue #116, Fall 1989

Photostroika: New Soviet Photography

This issue presents a surprisingly diverse range of recent work by significant Soviet photographers as they attempt to articulate visions appropriate to the radically changed circumstances they, and the Soviet Union, find themselves in. Whether the lyrical color street photography of Boris Savelev, the ironic handcolored images of Boris Mikhailov, the romantic black-and-white work of Lyalya Kuznetsova, or the dreamlike nudes of Peeter Laurits, these photographs indicate a new direction in the tangled history of Soviet art and life.


Armed Only with a Camera: An Interview with Dmitri Baltermants
Photographs by Dmitri Baltermants, Anatoly Garanin, and Georgi Zelma

No More Heroic Tractors: Subverting the Legacy of Socialist Realism
By Rosalinde Sartori
Photographs by Boris Mikhailov, Roman Pyatkov, Alexis Titarenko, and Herkki-Erich Merila

Boris Savelev’s “Photocartochi”
Photographs by Boris Savelev

Many Nations, Many Voices
By Daniela Mrazkova
Photographs by Alexandras Macijauskas, Romualdas Rakauskas, and Romualdas Pozerskis

Lyalya Kuznetsova’s Scenes of Gypsy Life
By Inge Morath
Photographs by Lyalya Kuznetsova

The Perestroika of Memory
By Olga Andreyev Carlisle
Photographs by A. Nikolaeva, Vitas Luckas, Natalya Chekomskaya, Rein Kotov, and Tonu Valge

The Nude Unbound
Photographs by Toomas Kaasik, Herkki-Erich Merila, Peeter Laurits, Roman Pyatkov, and Tonu Valge

Dark Light
Text and photographs by Peeter Linnap            

Up from Underground
By Hannu Eerikainen
Photographs by Igor Gavrilov, Elena Darikovich, Francisco Infante, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Kalju Suur, and Vladimir Zotov


People and Ideas

Soviet Filmmakers: An interview with Leonid Gurevich, Hertz Frank, Sergei Muratov, and Nadezhda Khvorova
By Nan Richardson

Stopping Time: Vanishing Presence, at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Reviewed by Nancy Roth

Between Two Worlds: Photems: Gerlovina/Berghash/Gerlovin, at the Art institute of Chicago
Reviewed by James Yood

Back to the Future: America Worked. The 1950s Photographs of Dan Weiner, by William A. Ewing
Reviewed by Steve Dietz