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BORIS MIKHAILOV: DIARY. Boris Mikhailov. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Cologne, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 430 pp. with 900 col. ills. 29 x 21 cm. ISBN 9783863358167 Trilingual in English, Icelandic and Italian.
Publisher's description: Photographer Boris Mikhailov (born 1938) dedicates his new volume Diary to the "Blaue Horse" group, a group of young people, many from his Ukrainian hometown of Kharkov, who were persecuted and jailed by Soviet authorities at the end of the 1950s for "pornography," a catchall accusation that could accommodate crimes like loving the Beatles and dancing to rock and roll. Mikhailov introduces this collection of his Soviet-era photographs by explaining that he took up photography in the shadow of that moment of repression, aware that almost all of his subjects and images would run foul of the party line. In this new artist's book, Mikhailov's photographs -- showing daily life in the Soviet Union, in color and black and white, in the unblinking style for which the artist is known -- are presented without further comment, arranged in an intimate scrapbook style.
Artist(s):Mikhailov, Boris
Indexing: Western, Europe — Ukraine — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 73,75,65,68
Worldwide Number: 082125
Hardcover $125.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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