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.
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Artful, behind-the-scenes photographs of nude models before, during and after posing for Life Drawing classes at an art school — where the surrounding details intertwine the mundane trappings of day-to-day reality with loftier visions celebrating the varieties and beauty of the human form.