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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Manezh Opens up Magadan, Chukotka

MTSergei Burasovsky only got his first camera when he was nearly 30. He then began taking photos as he traveled all over the Soviet Union as a surveyor.��
The shadow of a helicopter can be seen pictured from above as it flies over the bright-red and green tundra in Chukotka; two boys play football in a muddy, waterlogged street in Magadan; and the skyscrapers of New York glimmer at the retrospective of photographer Sergei Burasovsky, currently on show at the Manezh Exhibition Hall.

Burasovsky is one of the most well-known and well-loved photographers in Moscow, and the exhibition is a picturesque trail that wanders from face to face, or from a Portuguese beach to a gigantic Lenin head, almost completely boarded off from the world.

Surrounded by a group of laughing fellow photographer friends at the opening, Burasovsky was trying to recall when he had started his photography career as a couple of compact cameras nearly touched his nose.

"I made a series of close-up photos with my camera pointed just a few centimeters from faces," said Burasovsky. "Now, they are doing the same with me."

His close-up portrait series is also part of the exhibition, showing distorted artists and officials with exaggerated noses and foreheads.

"I told them that I was short-sighted so as to make the series," said Burasovsky, who was almost 30 years old when he got his first camera. At the time, he worked as a surveyor and developed his photographic skills as he traveled all over the Soviet Union to some of the most remote, inhospitable and beautiful places.

His first solo exhibition, "The Face of the Arctic," opened in Magadan, where he was working in 1986. One picture on display at the Manezh shows a propeller plane sitting precariously on a snowy slope.

By the 1990s, Burasovsky was exhibiting in New York, and his photos can now be found in private collections in France, Norway, the United States and many other countries.

Today, Burasovsky is the deputy director of the Moscow House of Photography and an organizer of many Moscow photo exhibitions. Nevertheless, he keeps on traveling with his camera, not missing a chance to take a new picture.

"I just get bored if I go traveling somewhere without a camera," said Burasovsky, using his hands to take a picture with an imaginary camera. "I need to keep it in my hand and take pictures even if there is no film inside."

The Sergei Burasovsky retrospective is on till March 22 at the Manezh Exhibition Hall, 1 Manezh Square. Metro Okhotny Ryad, Alexandrovsky Sad. Tel. 737-6647.