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Photographer: Alexey Titarenko
By Alexey Titarenko, Gabriel Bauret
Publisher: Nailya Alexander
Publication date: 2003
Print length: 104 pages
Language: French & English
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This is a delightfully designed and printed 9 1/2 x 9 1/2″ softbound book with stiff covers and has 106 pages with 56 black & white photographs and a number of which have a slight sepia toning. The essay by Gabriel Bauret that accompanies the book provides a running dialog about this body of work with the text in both English and French.

There are four photographic series that Titarenko created while living in St Petersburg his place of birth. He has created a story about St Petersburg as it progresses from Leningrad, a part of the USSR, to the present and possibly looking toward its future. It is also about the people and society of Russia.

We do not clearly see the people who make up this society as Titarenko uses long exposures and camera movement to capture a glimpse of their essence and existence. His subjects appear similar to ghosts moving through the pages of history. His intent is to try to bring an element of time into the images and create an emotional connection to the cultural changes that occur.

In fact Titarenko explicitly states that his work is very metaphoric and highly dependent upon his attempts to introduce the element of time into a two-dimensional image. He wants to try to elicit an emotional reaction in the reader that might correlate with his own personal feelings.
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