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Yevgeniy Yufit

Posted in Artist, Film, Movie, Photography with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by michaelchernoff

Yevgeniy Yufit is the creator of the genre necro-realism and a long sought after artist whose name I had forgotten. He was one of the entry’s that impressed in the Ice Cream publication that I wrote about some months ago. His work was first established in the 1980’s in the Soviet Union. His mediums are photo and film making and I have seen his short film Vesna on youtube. There is no sound and little explanation for it in the description box.

Vesna is a strange is experiment with lots of torture and celebratory scenes with a chimp on top of it all. It’s hard to make complete heads or tails of it but it seemed to be a tale of the abused becoming abusers and injustice between the life of rural and urban Russia. My favorite parts are the processions of the chimp and the forced gnawing of a wooden stick by a man who at the start of the film dragged men on train tracks with blood on his beard. The film ends with a woman who had been writing the time of the events in a notebook, resting her eyes leaning back with the book closed. She was old.

But it is hard to get any viewing chances of complete Yufit works. Yet it was his photographs that impressed me more than his silent films. The idea of zombified Russians was captivating since the idea was not flesh-eating creatures but caricatures more fitting to the intro of Shawn of The Dead. Ordinary workers trudging through snowy fields and woods with defeated and tired faces. It’s a fitting statement to the last years of the Soviet Union, a nation of people weary from being cut of from the advantages of capitalism and state oppression. The living dead idea just calls out to the dark memories of Communist Totalitarianism.

Unfortunately none of the great full paged photos I saw in the book pages of Yufit are on google searches so he is little published on American data searches. He is still active into the 2000’s and has influenced a lot punk rock imagery and icons. Maybe also goth culture but I can’t tell how far-reaching his influence is abroad. If I ever see a publication of his I will snatch it up immediately.

Colorized Depression

Posted in Image Discovery!, Photography with tags , , , , , on August 5, 2010 by michaelchernoff

On twitter there was a post during the Great Depression commissioned by the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. The photos feature mostly rural farm communities and factory towns or pubic works. Walker Evans and his crew have received most of a claim for their depression documentation of the Dust Bowl and its Black and White collective created a vital and desperate tone for the American public and poor. These color photos seem to more about finding a balance of fruition and poverty through FDR’s stimulus and social aid programs in the 30’s and 40’s. The pictures have a lot more black citizenry and women working than I have seen in the Dust Bowl FSA documents. The black and white photos are a call of defeat while the color is a sounding of fighting poverty.

Seeing the era in color also makes me think why the “Obamavilles” are not being covered. Maybe a new committee has to be formed like the ones in the darker days.

Update on Latham Circle Mall Photos

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on October 8, 2009 by michaelchernoff

After posting a message about it I am ready show raw negative scans of some of favorite shots of the mall. I’ll have to look through my negatives because I may be missing some frames from my non-stop scanning last month. Unfortunately I’ll have to do a lot of retouching in photoshop because I messed up on cleaning them so there are lots of water and dust marks.

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