Discussion. Dmitry Borko and Anton Akimov. The City through the Eyes of a Photographer

Lecture Cycle. Alexander Bikbov: The City from the Inside
22 June 2017


Photographers talk about creating portraits of cities and illustrate their discussion with their own works.

Faces and locations, unique events and everyday routines, producing documents: city photography does not simply capture life of cities—it is also performative. A photographer can turn what we fail to notice into an iconic image, redefine the border between the visible and the hidden, and make what was accidental typical. Two photographers of different generations will present their portraits of Moscow in the 1990s and the 2010s. Looking at two very different cities, listeners will learn how photographs can document changes in the urban environment and perhaps even influence them.   


Dmitry Borko is a journalist. He was born in Moscow in 1960 and has worked for the first independent newspapers on the new Russia, such as Nezavisimaya gazeta and Segodnya. He documented the events of 1991 and 1993 in Moscow, as well as military conflicts in Karabakh, Transnistria and Tajikistan. He currently works at the website Grani.ru and human rights center Memorial. He lives and works in Moscow.

Anton Akimov is a photographer. He was born in Moscow in 1979 and graduated from Rodchenko Art School in 2009. He is a contributor to Bolshoy gorod magazine and has taken part in Invisible Cities project. He lives and works in Moscow.

Alexander Anufriev is a photographer. He was born in 1988 in Ukhta, Komi Republic. He graduated from the Rodchenko Art School in 2017. Winner of Silver Camera (2015), finalist of the LensCulture Exposure Awards competition (2017) and the PDN Photo Annual Awards (2017), winner of the international competition Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards (2017). He lives and works in Moscow.


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