Photography in post-Soviet Russia, just as its citizens, had to reinvent itself and find its own path under constant pressure. The task was, and is still not easy: how can one find the balance between the right market and financial constraints with the search for truth, sincerity, so deeply rooted in Moukhin’s own nature?
Igor Moukhin, like many others, was part of a club of amateurs of photography, one of these passionate gatherings, as there were thousands at the time in the USSR. For years, with low budget equipment, homemade labs and a lot of passion, people gathered to make pictures, chat and share their love of photography, in almost total ignorance of what was happening elsewhere. With that love, they managed to capture life, family or friends. The immediate barrier that stands between the subject and the photographer, especially in Russia where you distrust involved “foreigners” who harass you for an image, fades when it comes with an amateur photographer. It is this attitude, this love, this close relation between the photographer and the person he’s taking a picture of that Moukhin has managed to preserve while becoming a professional photographer.
Igor Moukhin, born in 1961, is a Soviet and Russian photographer.
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