Alex Shoumatoff Reviews “The Russians”

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...

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Contact Sheets

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,...

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Laughing Woman

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...

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Boris

Boris

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

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 it.

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Ileyena

Ileyena

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...

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The Book

The Book

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

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