Boris Mikhailov. Diary

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

Text: Zanot Francesco. cm 20×28; pp. 430; 900 COL; hardcover. Publisher: Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2015.

ISBN: 9783863358167| 3863358163

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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