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Portraits of rural Russians by Pavel Bezrukov
August 7, 2007 4:47 AM   Subscribe

Portraits of rural Russians by the photojournalist Pavel Bezrukov. He is born in 1962, and started with photography as a hobby. Currently freelancing as a photo correspondent for the Moscow-based Orthodox magazine Foma. Some more samples of his work can be found at Orthodoxy Photo.
posted by Harald74 (22 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Good link. That photo of the smoking scholar next to the candle lamp is freaking amazing. It's my new wallpaper.
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 5:15 AM on August 7, 2007


Wow, these pictures are stunning. Excellent. This is one of those photographers who captures an essence of humanity, a slice of the soul.

Gotta say, that very first portrait from your first link, I immediately thought: this is what Leonard Cohen would look like now if he'd had a harder life.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:19 AM on August 7, 2007


Amazing snapshot of a moment... It still amazes me how weathered many of their faces are. I remember my neighbour in Kiev celebrating her 55th birthday while I was there, and my surprise that she wasn't 20 years older. The older photos from the Orthodoxy link are fabulous. I am reading 'Natasha's Dance' by Orlando Figges at present, and have just read his explanation for the Russian preference for wooden buildings - that they are linked with the Russian identity while cold stone buildings are linked to western culture, cold, austere, non-Russian. Thank you for posting the link.
posted by gnomesb at 5:27 AM on August 7, 2007


Lots of religious icons, but I thought....oh wait, the photographer was *born* in 1962. So these are contemporary photos. Wow.
posted by DU at 5:28 AM on August 7, 2007


Beautiful shots, thank you. And the comments at that first link are hilarious.
posted by nevercalm at 6:33 AM on August 7, 2007


The one of the pleasant Karelian/Finnish-looking woman reading was so jarring after seeing the photos of roughend, older people. These are fantastic!
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:52 AM on August 7, 2007


Beautiful shots, thank you. And the comments at that first link are hilarious.

Only if you find mental retardation hilarious.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:54 AM on August 7, 2007


Which, you know, I do.
posted by nevercalm at 7:03 AM on August 7, 2007


Which, you know, I do.

Yeah, there's some sort of line those comments cross for me. I can't tell you why, but that type of ignorance grates on me while I can laugh at other forms.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:13 AM on August 7, 2007


Great photos. Thanks for the post.
posted by languagehat at 8:29 AM on August 7, 2007


fantastic. Mefi's been a bit slow recently, but this really redeemed everything.
posted by Geezum Crowe at 8:37 AM on August 7, 2007


These are gorgeous. Thank you.
posted by biscotti at 9:05 AM on August 7, 2007


Thank you for the nice comments. English Russia (the source for the first set of photos) are a few steps below Fark regarding comment maturity, but the blog itself occasionally has good posts.
posted by Harald74 at 9:21 AM on August 7, 2007


Beautiful - some look more like paintings than photos. The first one in the first links looks like a Rembrandt. Thanks Harald74!
posted by madamjujujive at 10:35 AM on August 7, 2007


I can scarcely believe these are contemporary. Thank you.
posted by Space Kitty at 11:17 AM on August 7, 2007


This is really, really great. One of my favorites is the guy grimacing at his beer about halfway down.
posted by ORthey at 11:35 AM on August 7, 2007


Gotta say, that very first portrait from your first link, I immediately thought: this is what Leonard Cohen would look like now if he'd had a harder life.

I seriously thought the exact same thing. Whoa.
posted by ORthey at 11:53 AM on August 7, 2007


I don't know what's so fascinating about seeing new faces, but it is.

And the beer holding/squinty guy? I think he has leprosy or something; that might explain the look on his face. Check out his beer holding hand.
posted by snsranch at 4:10 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, yea, I did a double take seeing photos of Lenin on a couple of walls.
posted by snsranch at 4:19 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Gorgeous.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 4:35 PM on August 7, 2007


Ninety percent of FPPs about photographs on MeFi blow. This one doesn't.
posted by Faze at 4:46 PM on August 7, 2007


Russians do cool things, too, like this spider-tractor...
posted by anthill at 8:12 PM on August 7, 2007


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