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"These photographs are dedicated to the Blaue Horse group. This group or movement of young people, many of whom were students in my home city at the end of the 1950s, deep in the Soviet times, loved the Beatles, danced to rock and roll, and dreamt about the freedom of the West. They came under great pressure from the government ... four of them were convicted and went to jail ... for pornography (convicting someone for madness or pornography was one of the ways used to crack down on any opposition). As one of the main proofs, the court was presented with photographs of these young people on the beach, in swimwear, striking "Western" poses. ... I started with my photography about five years later; it was the time when it was forbidden to shoot many- or almost all - thing, but no one kills for it already..." Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov . DIARY



430 pp., 900 color illustrations

198 x 280 mm

ISBN 978-3-86335-816-7

Best Books of 2015 by Ed Templeton, Jeffrey Ladd, Alec Soth, Miwa Susuda, Tiane Doan Na Champassak

"Mikhailov is definitely one of the most important artists of our time." Miwa Susuda

"Spanning roughly 50 years, this densely thick 'diary' of sorts is more artist book that celebrates the anti-hero — one who is challenging systems both of politics and photography" Jeffrey Ladd

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