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Soviet Photo (2012)
‘Soviet Photo’ was the only magazine available to photography professionals and amateurs in the Soviet Union from 1926 to 1992. Like any other publication, it was state-run and heavily political, yet another outlet for Communist propaganda. It represents an era which has forever gone, but which left a scar on the people’s mindset. This series of works combines the ‘official’ photographs from the magazine with my nudes images of the time, for which one risked imprisonment under Soviet laws. It is a mockingly frivolous attempt to overcome the remnants of Soviet mentality by ruining the propaganda cliches.
Roman Pyatkovka was born in 1955 in Kharkiv, Ukraine where he currently lives and works. He engaged in photography in early 1980’s, became a full time photographer since 1990. The Soviet Photo series won a 2013 Sony World Photography award (1st place) in Conceptual Photography category.
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