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Photo exhibition by the Kommersant Publishing House

Kristina Kormilitsyna / Kommersant.
Cuba is mourning for Fidel. December 2016 Eddie Opp / Kommersant.
Siege of the White House during the October
events of 1993 - attempts
coup d 'etat
the building of the Supreme Council. 10/04/1993.
Russia Moscow Eddie Opp / Kommersant.
The old man sits on a box in front of a burning
barricade during the October
events of 1993 – attempts
coup d 'etat
the building of the Supreme Council. 10/04/1993.
Russia Moscow Eddie Opp / Kommersant. Ex-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev (in
center) treats popular in Russia
French movie stars Pierre Richard
(left) and Gerard Depardieu (right) at the
reception in the Gorbachev Foundation in honor of their
arrival in Moscow. 02/09/1993. Russia Moscow Eddie Opp / Kommersant.
Head of the Presidential Security Service
Alexander Korzhakov observes because of
The wings of the hall of the Great Kremlin
The palace behind the way Boris Yeltsin
is going to a meeting with Bill
Clinton. 11/12/1995. Russia Moscow Vasily Shaposhnikov / Kommersant.
The man ran into a run with
drain pipe. 12.03.1994. Russia,
Moscow Pavel Kassin / Kommersant.
President of Russia Boris Yeltsin. 1997
Russia Moscow Ilya Pitalev / Kommersant.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing
money on the first
Vasily Shaposhnikov / Kommersant.
Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers
(UK), film director Nikita
Mikhalkov (left) during the plenum of the UK
Russia in the Central House of Cinema.
26.04.1999. Russia Moscow Dmitry Lebedev / Kommersant.
Day of the Airborne Forces. 2010. Russia, Moscow Dmitry Korotaev / Kommersant.
Russian Football Championships. July 2017
Russia, Moscow region, Khimki Ivan Kovalenko / Kommersant. Participant
group Femen is trying to prevent
official visit of the president
Of the Republic of Belarus
Lukashenka to Ukraine. 07/21/2017. Kiev

Kristina Kormilitsyna / Kommersant. Cuba is mourning for Fidel. December 2016

Eddie Opp / Kommersant. Siege of the White House during the October events of 1993 - attempts coup d 'etat the building of the Supreme Council. 10/04/1993. Russia Moscow

Eddie Opp / Kommersant. The old man sits on a box in front of a burning barricade during the October events of 1993 – attempts coup d 'etat the building of the Supreme Council. 10/04/1993. Russia Moscow

Eddie Opp / Kommersant. Ex-President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev (in center) treats popular in Russia French movie stars Pierre Richard (left) and Gerard Depardieu (right) at the reception in the Gorbachev Foundation in honor of their arrival in Moscow. 02/09/1993. Russia Moscow

Eddie Opp / Kommersant. Head of the Presidential Security Service Alexander Korzhakov observes because of The wings of the hall of the Great Kremlin The palace behind the way Boris Yeltsin is going to a meeting with Bill Clinton. 11/12/1995. Russia Moscow

Vasily Shaposhnikov / Kommersant. The man ran into a run with drain pipe. 12.03.1994. Russia, Moscow

Pavel Kassin / Kommersant. President of Russia Boris Yeltsin. 1997 Russia Moscow

Ilya Pitalev / Kommersant. Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing money on the first "Race for the prize of the President of Russia" on Central Moscow Hippodrome. 03.07.2004. Russia Moscow

Vasily Shaposhnikov / Kommersant. Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers (UK), film director Nikita Mikhalkov (left) during the plenum of the UK Russia in the Central House of Cinema. 26.04.1999. Russia Moscow

Dmitry Lebedev / Kommersant. Day of the Airborne Forces. 2010. Russia, Moscow

Dmitry Korotaev / Kommersant. Russian Football Championships. July 2017 Russia, Moscow region, Khimki

Ivan Kovalenko / Kommersant. Participant group Femen is trying to prevent official visit of the president Of the Republic of Belarus Lukashenka to Ukraine. 07/21/2017. Kiev

Moscow, 12.04.2018—27.05.2018

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As part of the Photobiennale 2018
Curator: Pavel Kassin
As part of the Photobiennale 2018
Curator: Pavel Kassin

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XII INTERNATIONAL MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN MOSCOW
‘PHOTOBIENNALE 2018’

Frontpage & Backstage
Photo exhibition by the Kommersant Publishing House

Curator: Pavel Kassin

It is impossible to imagine Kommersant without its special style of photography. A supply of information that was entirely new for the domestic context and a novel concept of why newspapers need photographic illustration were part of the revolution sparked by the launch of Kommersant. Where the Soviet newspaper confronted the reader with a frozen, solemn and lacquered reality, the leading post-Soviet newspaper brought vivid, lively images. They were studied, remembered and discussed as eagerly as today’s internet memes. The usual hierarchy was overturned: apparently a wholly insignificant participant in an event could be revealed as the protagonist, and an important person of state significance could be viewed as an almost comic figure.

Politicians, businessmen and cultural dignitaries became accustomed to the fact that they might appear ridiculous on the pages of Kommersant, but it turns out that irony was not the main factor. Kommersant has taught us to see social, cultural, sports and other events differently, out of the box. The photos in Kommersant instilled and continue to instill the ability to discern above all something personal or unconventional in boring officialdom, in a solemn event or disaster.

On the one hand this is a momentary journalist necessity: in this way it became easier to respond to information in the text ‘accompanying’ the image. On the other hand, these occurrences of a personal view form a picture of the history of Russia, and sometimes the world, that has no equal. Kommersant’s ‘Ъ’ Photo Service, which for the first five years operated under the name Primus Photo Agency, appeared in the spring of 1992 and has now covered events for more than a quarter century. Since then it has been headed by Sergei Podlesnov, Eddy Opp and Pavel Kassin.

Today the photo service is still an extremely important and large-scale division of the Kommersant Publishing House. In addition to its function for the newspaper, the service is responsible for a number of illustrated magazines and thematic applications, as well as a site featuring its photo galleries.

The everyday work of the photo service is not only to seek and select the necessary illustrations, although the Kommersant school is evident here, too: the brilliantly captured moment must be just as astutely noticed and chosen from the available shoot, with an eye to the rigid schedule of a daily publication. Kommersant possesses a photo archive of more than 11 million images which is constantly expanded due to the efforts of 14 staff photo correspondents. This is another parameter that makes the Kommersant Photo Service the largest producer and owner of photographic images in Russia.

Kommersant has always attracted the most capable and outstanding news photographers in the country. Year after year their talent, combined with the skills and principles inherent to the style of the publication itself, engenders works whose artistic and journalistic value transcends the limitations of information utility. Many of the Kommersant correspondents have won photo competitions and awards, both international and Russian. Kommersant’s most recent achievement was last year’s World Press Photo prize given to Kristina Kormilitsyna, but many previous awards were bestowed on photographers from the publishing house: for example, you may recall Anatoly Zhdanov’s victory, or the World Press Photo prize awarded to Eddy Opp for his series on the storming of the White House in 1993. A large number of the country’s currently active news photographers came from Kommersant, and for them their work experience in the publishing house proved important and determined their future in a professional sense.

Among the pictures presented at this exhibition are images that won awards, testimonies that are valuable in a documentary sense and as a unique point of view, and also genre studies. Many of them ‘held’ the front pages of Kommersant years ago, yet retain their topical resonance to this day. Newspaper texts become obsolete by definition, and even the wittiest headlines sometimes need an explanation of context. Only a photograph can always be understood.

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