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Yesterday's Sandwich free pdf From found photographs ("Luriki", 1971-85) to cinematic vistas ("By the Ground", 1991), from staged self-portraiture ("I am Not I", 1992) to social documentation ("Case History", 1997-98), Boris Mikhailov has experimented with many photographic forms and styles, in a constant urge to question reality. At the beginning of his career as a photographer, Mikhailov earned his living by retouching and colouring ordinary family photographs ("Luriki" 1971-85). Apart from his commercial work, he photographed the rituals of Soviet public life in Red Series (1968-75) and ridiculed the regime and its visual propaganda in his series Sots Art (1975-86). At around the same time, he conceived his series "Unfinished Dissertation", which consisted of hundreds of images glued on the back of an unfinished dissertation, that he had found in a dustbin. Finally, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he focused on social subject matter, documenting poverty in Kharkov and Moscow in his series "By the Ground" (1991), and hiring homeless people for his recent series "Case History" (1997-98). Mikhailov's dissidence is both political and visual. He has explored the various possibilities of photography, combining its uses as a conceptual project, an historical record, a political commentary, and as a work of art. "Yesterday's Sandwich" will feature one of Mikhailov's earliest bodies of work, his thought-provoking colour Superimposition series made in the late 60s and early 70s. It is called "Yesterday's Sandwich", because each superimposed image is created by overlaying two slides. Mikhailov accidentally invented this technique in the late 1960s when looking at his slides. As paper was expensive and difficult to find at that time, he did not print the images but showed them in slide shows. It was not until the early 1990s that he actually printed the images on paper. In this fascinating series, the images can be interpreted on two levels. At first, the background seems to show reality, but this reality is immediately distorted by the intrusion of an unexpected object, form or colour. With this superimposed image the photographer introduces a different point of view - a political commentary, a personal fantasy, or simply a formal device. Superimposition includes approximately 60 images, each shown on a single page : a naked woman is swimming in the lake while brown leaves cover her sensual body- two men, climbing up a mountain, seem to be framed by bloody meat- school children appear to be playing in a desolated and flooded courtyard. All these fascinating images question reality and its representation, claiming that truth does not exist.

About Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov is one of the former Soviet Union's most influential living photographers. Born in 1938 in the Ukraine, he lived in his hometown of Kharkov until the collapse of the USSR. Trained as an engineer, he worked in a factory until 1968, when he was forced to quit his job and became a photographer. Mikhailov's work has been exhibited in major museums all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1993, the Kunsthalle in Zurich in 1996, and more recently the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, which organized a retrospective show of his work in 2003. He lives in Berlin.

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Author : Boris Mikhailov
Publisher : Phaidon Press Ltd
Data Published : 15 October 2006
ISBN : 0714846368
EAN : 9780714846361
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 128 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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    . From found photographs ("Luriki", 1971-85) to cinematic vistas ("By the Ground", 1991), from staged self-portraiture ("I am Not I", 1992) to social documentation ("Case History", 1997-98), Boris Mik