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Babushka Aleksandra in traditional handmade Russian felt boots, grey cat next to her, on aubergine cover, Russian FAIRY TALES in red font to centre left.

Frank Herfort

Russian Fairytales

By (author) Frank Herfort
By (author) Gijs Kessler
By (author) Jürgen Rink


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  • A collection of cinematic, dream-like photographs of Russia by German photographer Frank Herfort
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is a work about the mystery and myth of the largest country in the world. Treading the line between poignant realism and humorous fantasy, Frank Herfort’s project Fairy Tale of Russia is a mesmerising, thought-provoking and at times chilling collection of photographs from his journey through Russia. Surreal imagery, colours and scenes lead on to candid shots of post-soviet aesthetic in an honest and strikingly human sequence of photos. German photographer Frank Herfort has spent over a decade photographing the insides and outsides of spaces throughout the East. His style is influenced by social realism: people are shown in their everyday life, which seems to be made up by banal details. His large-format artworks are hence an artistic combination of the surreal and the straight-lined, with an irony detectable in the pictorial language. Herfort’s work brings a modern twist, seemingly imported from the outside, that eradicates markers of time or context and persuades the viewer to create their own narrative.

The images make a surreal, absurd impression; they raise more questions than they answer. Each image in this series stands alone and tell its own story, but together they seem to tell a whole fairytale.

Text in English, French, and German.

9th Jun 2020
200 mm x 260 mm
160 Pages
88 color
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