IN THE EYES OF RUSSIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS
BY LEAH BENDAVID-VAL
A visual portrait of a rich and complex culture by more than 50 Russian photographers.
Filled with unforgettable images of Siberia’s people and landscape, this fascinating, panoramic book reflects its subject’s history and allure. The word Siberia brings to mind a series of extremes—vast, bleak, harsh, wild, and beautiful. Our imagined notion of this largely unknown territory is so strong that the name itself has become a metaphor for things remote or undesirable. The reality, however, is that Siberia surpasses any singular idea. Not only does it span numerous time zones and feature enormously varied geography, but its inhabitants range from nomads herding reindeer and shamans communing with spirits to scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories and urbanites surrounded by boutiques, museums, and opera houses.
Spanning some 130 years, this collection of images by more than 50 Russian photographers conveys as never before Siberia’s enormity and diversity while bringing the region into concrete, human focus. This beautiful volume is at once a groundbreaking photographic event and a sublime introduction to one of Earth’s most intriguing places.