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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cameraman as Photographer




NTV television has a reputation as Russia's hardest-hitting channel when it comes to reportage. But the cameramen behind Segodnya and Kriminal have an artsy side too.


The NTV photo show running at A-3 Gallery gives a stylish glimpse of normal life continuing out of the television camera's range. Some of the locations are instantly recognizable: a gray-bearded bomzh smoking a papirosa outside Red Square or a steep, narrow road that can only be Prague. But there's also a litter of pictures made mysterious by the lack of any indication of where they were taken: bonfires, carts and horses caught from behind against what could be a Mongolian landscape, or a vast lake that could be the Baikal.


A curious series of photographs in the right-hand hall called "Symmetries," clearly taken on the spur of the minute, show pairs of people doing exactly the same thing in mirror-like fashion: a pair of girls reading on a bench, or two Moscow park workers clearing leaves.


Some of the posed black-and-white portraits in the other hall - the best is of a child leaning and blending into a blotched wooden background - are beautifully composed, although the effect is spoiled somewhat by a bunch of tacky glamour fashion shots hanging nearby.


A-3 Gallery, 39 Starokonyushenny Pereulok, Tel. 291-8484. Metro: Smolenskaya. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (Sun. to 6 p.m.). Closed Mon. and Tue.


- Oliver Ready