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Book of the Week: A Pick by Misha Pedan

Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Misha Pedan Photo curator Misha Pedan selects Negatives Are Stored by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok as Book of the Week.
Negatives are Stored by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok.
Riot Book, 2014.
This week's Book of the Week pick comes from photo curator Misha Pedan who has selected Negatives Are Stored by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok published by Riot Books.

"Vladyslav Krasnoshchok belongs to the new generation of Kharkov Photo School. He is a member of the 'SHILO' group, which was nominated for 'Best First Book' at Paris Photo with the book Euromaidan (out of print). The new book Negatives Are Stored is published in 100 numbered and signed copies and was also presented in Paris.

53 vintage photographs from original hand painted old cabinet cards and carte de visit portraits are stored in a wooden box. Today, when many photographers work with archive, his work is characterized by a special style that is associated with the Kharkov tradition, for example Boris Mikhailov’s series Lurik. Krasnoshchok prepares the photos roughly, connected to both post-modernism and Soviet history and aesthetics. On all the photos the text 'negatives are stored' is written as if somewhere there are negatives that you could 'play' with, trying to imagine what actually happened to all these people, in real life and in Krasnoshchok’s dream world. Sometimes you can’t even recognize the original picture; it could still be in a family album without changing. But now they have become new pictures with new stories, and somewhere the negatives are stored.

It is a great joy to see that Kharkov once again puts Ukrainian photography in focus on the international scene."—Misha Pedan

Purchase Book

Negatives are Stored is also available as a slightly smaller collection of 44 images in a paper box. See it here.

Negatives are Stored by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok. Riot Book, 2014.
Negatives are Stored by Vladyslav Krasnoshchok. Riot Book, 2014.

Misha Pedan: Born and raised in Kharkiv in Ukraine, former USSR. Since 1990, living in Sweden.
Kharkiv is known for its photo school. A group of photographers originating from there became representatives for the new Soviet photo art in the end of the eighties.
Works in mixed techniques from hand colored black and white photos to conceptual investigations.
Has been working as a head teacher at the photo school Kulturama in Stockholm for the past 7 years.
Founder and coordinator of the Ukrainian Photography Alternative (UPHA).
One of the project leaders for the new Photo book festival in Stockholm, Spine, with start date September 2015.
Has been the curator of numerous international photographic projects.

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