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.
By hand-manipulating vintage photographs, this series gives birth to a luminous set of images.
The text of this award-winning photo story begins, "When he was five, his daddy was hanged for murder..." Based on a true story. Great!
Nearly a century’s worth of photographs from the renownedStudio are compiled in this handsome book designed to celebrate the legacy of a noted family of photographers and to present a vivid portrait of black Washington, D.C.