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Alex Shoumatoff Reviews “The Russians”

I hadn’t seen Nathan Farb very often since we moved up to Montreal in 1999. He and I were best buddies from l986 until we decamped for Canada, when Rosette and I lived in Keene and Nathan in Upper Jay, two towns up. Nathan took the pictures for our wedding in Uganda... read more

Contact Sheets

I realized that I was getting to look closely at Russians in a way that few westerners had. I mean physically use my eyes and my brain to pour over them from a foot or even inches from them,  As i might slightly adjust their angle to the camera or their head position,... read more

Laughing Woman

People occasionally ask me why she was laughing.  When she walked in to my studio space, I immediately was struck by the beauty of her hands that I am sure had dug thousands of potatoes out of the earth and I really wanted those hands in the picture, so I used the... read more


I photographed Boris in 1977. When we found each other again in 2016 on Facebook, here is what he wrote:

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A Logo Design

  This is a logo design by Tom Ridinger for an unrealized Ebook version of The Russians. He said we could use it if we want. I love... read more


She was an aspiring artists and asked me if I would look at her drawings and I agreed and took her to lunch in the dining room that was only for us Americans. The head of the Russian minders, filed an official complaint that I had asked this teenage girl to lunch and... read more

The Book

The Russians was published in 1980 Read the Foreword by Harrison E.... read more
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