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Lyudmila and Natasha

Misha Friedman

Published on 13/03/15

© Misha Friedman

“Love is everything. Without love a per­son is dead. It’s hap­pi­ness, it’s sor­row, it’s laughter, it’s tears.”

The pho­to­journ­al­ist Misha Fried­man is renowned for his efforts to cap­ture life in
con­tem­por­ary Rus­sia, doc­u­ment­ing sub­jects as var­ied as polit­ical cor­rup­tion, the dangers of coal min­ing, the tuber­cu­losis epi­demic, and the Bolshoi Bal­let.
For his new col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs, Lyud­m­ila and Nata­sha, Fried­man trains his lens on a gay couple liv­ing in Saint Peters­burg, offer­ing a series of intim­ate snap­shots of their rela­tion­ship as it unfolds over the course of a year. Faced with a hos­tile polit­ical cli­mate, fin­an­cial dif­fi­culties, and often unstable liv­ing arrange­ments, the sub­jects of this story reveal the pos­sib­il­it­ies for love in the most uncer­tain of times. With the fabled city of Saint Peters­burg as its back­drop, Lyud­m­ila and Nata­sha power­fully evokes both a vital place and the people who call it home.

–the intro­duc­tion by Jeff Shar­let to ‘Lyud­m­ila and Nata­sha. Rus­sian Lives’ book.

 

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