The idea of nostalgia implies loss, memory, things or events seen from the blurry distance of time, old-fashioned ways. Young Russian photographer Denis Yakovlev is exploring the notions of nostalgia and identity in his native homeland by combining modern methods with much older ways to produce multi-layered platinum palladium contact prints on richly textured paper. The effects are both complex and simple. The ideas reverberate with melancholy, confusion and the discomfort of pulling away from old ways and breaking into the new. He seems like a young photographer to watch.
— Jim Casper
Editor's note: We met Denis Yakovlev, and discovered his work, at the excellent Photovisa Festival in Krasnodar, Russia in 2013.
Cyanotype portraits of strangers from the streets of South Korea are cropped and printed in a special way to focus on the isolated, solitary faces — as if each is just one raindrop in a monsoon.
Simple, graceful, life-size: For Øyvind Hjelmen's Anthologia series, he abandoned cameras completely to make unique sun prints on photographic paper outside in his garden on the island of Stord, Norway.