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.
Resembling systems from the natural sciences—microscopic, topographic and celestial—these abstract photographs evoke beauty in their material nature and in their sense of mystery.
Unreal landscapes where objects and situations appear in apparent disorder to create an iconographic space where beliefs of any kind can be real.
’s series of same-sex couples and tough kids on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, reverberates with intimacy and obvious delight. Text by Stephen Mayes.