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By Misha Friedman

"The photojournalist Misha Friedman is well known for his efforts to trap lifestyles in modern Russia, documenting topics as different as political corruption, the risks of coal mining, the tuberculosis epidemic, and the Bolshoi Ballet. In guides starting from the hot York occasions, the Washington put up, Time, and the hot Yorker, Friedman's grimly evocative black-and-white images--'intimate, behind-the-scenes Read more...

summary: "The photojournalist Misha Friedman is popular for his efforts to seize lifestyles in modern Russia, documenting matters as diversified as political corruption, the risks of coal mining, the tuberculosis epidemic, and the Bolshoi Ballet. In guides starting from the hot York instances, the Washington put up, Time, and the recent Yorker, Friedman's grimly evocative black-and-white images--'intimate, behind-the-scenes photographs' (Time)--have been credited with taking pictures moments of severe pathos, bleak lifestyles, and human dignity. He has acquired a number of foreign awards for his 'unflinching' lens and his intrepid reporting. For his new selection of photos, Lyudmila and Natasha, Friedman trains his lens on a homosexual couple dwelling on Saint Petersburg, providing a sequence of intimate snapshots in their dating because it unfolds over the process a yr. confronted with a adverse political weather, monetary problems, and sometimes risky residing preparations, the themes of this beautiful ebook show the probabilities for romance within the such a lot doubtful of instances. With the fabled urban of Saint Petersburg as its backdrop, Lyudmila and Natasha powerfully inspires either a necessary position and the folks who name it domestic. Lyudmila and Natasha was once designed by way of Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)"

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They brought special trucks fitted with metal cages. In 2014, during the Sochi Olympics, a small group of protesters attempted to gather in Red Square. One tried to sing the national anthem, but the police beat her just the same. I watched it on YouTube, moments after it happened, horrified, of course, and then alarmed: the woman going down singing—I knew her. It was Elena Kostyuchenko, whom I’d written about for a magazine—Elena, one of the bravest women I’ve met. The sad truth was that I knew she could take it.

But really, I am not sure what it actually means to me. It could mean a lot of things, apart from the obvious sensation. It’s closeness. A person with whom I’m in love is my best friend. Trust. All of life is based on trust. I’m not going to go into all the details, but love is understanding another person in the same way one understands oneself. I really don’t care for such terms as love of life, love of motherland, love of potatoes, or love of bananas. For me love is only about a person. ____Are you ready to love someone else?

Only enduring is too plodding a term for the movement Friedman follows. See them curled into a ball together (page 36), Lyudmila’s red hair veiling Natasha’s wary eyes. Or lying down, forehead to forehead (page 38), their hair and their lashes and even their ears echoing, as if drawn in one continuous sweeping line, as if the lines of their faces were letters written in a private language. Swoon for Lyudmila and Natasha on page 130, the grain of the photograph making them as one, laugh with them on page 145, see them between the dark coats of a crowded subway car, their foreheads touching again, their true pose together, recurring throughout the book, an act of physical telepathy.

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