RUSSIA - EQS - 7 March 2019 - From
February 11 to March 4, a photo exhibition dedicated to modern Moscow was held
in Zaryadye Park. It was the first stage of a collaboration projects cycle of
the Moscow Committee for Tourism and Magnum Photos agency. All urban portraits
and landscapes presented in the exposition were created live via Magnum Live
Lab/19 experimental laboratory. Many leading world photographers, such as
Thomas Dworzak from Germany, Alex Majoli from the USA, and Newsha Tavakolian
from Iran, took part in the exhibition. In the summer, the second Magnum
laboratory to extend winter collection opens its doors.
winter exhibition has become a major international culture project. It
represents an insight in the life of our city from the outside with some
unorthodox angles and accents, as well as cliché reinterpretation and creating
a new image of Moscow. The upcoming summer exhibition is going to become a logical
extension of the winter cycle and complement the photo chronicle of our modern
megapolis with new urban themes and human stories»
-- said Nina Gomiashvili -- curator of the project.
opening was preceded by creative activities of the Magnum Live Lab / 19
experimental laboratory, where a team of photographers took photos of different
parts of the city on a daily basis, gradually filling the exhibition space with
their pictures. At the end, 69 best photos were selected among hundreds
and they were presented to the visitors of the Dome pavilion in Zaryadye Park.
In general, more than 25 000 persons visited the exhibition during 22
days of work.
wanted to visit Russia, and I agreed to become a part of the Magnum Live Lab /
19 project without any hesitation. Creating an exhibition about modern Moscow
is a very sensitive task. Over a two-week period, our team took several
thousand photos, trying to understand the city and its inhabitants, to capture
its rhythm and atmosphere»
-- said Newsha
Tavakolian -- photographer of Magnum Photos international photography agency.
Each of the
photographers approached the exhibition in his or her own manner. For Thomas
Dworzak, central point was «Walking the Streets of Moscow» (1963, USSR,
Mosfilm) film. His series of photos are closely linked to the key locations
from the film and represent a kind of a photo remake called «Walking the
Streets of Moscow. Winter edition».
As an epigraph to
his project Alex Majoli choose the following quote of an Italian novelist and
dramatist Luigi Pirandello «Right you are if you think so». As for the
name of the series, Russian scenes, it reflects Alex's impressions of
theatrical drama from everyday urban scenes
paid attention to the youth of modern Moscow and created a portrait series of
young people of various professions in their home interiors. Urban scenes of
the city were another subject of Newsha's attention, reflecting the environment
where these young people live.
site of the project: http://magnummoscow.com
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