"You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself."—Mikhail Bulgakov
Ukraine, and its brave people in Kiev, are in the news these days. Protesters in frigid streets are facing off with riot police as the world watches and wonders, like I do, what the outcome will be.
The Ukrainian-photographer, Boris Mikhailov, is from Kharkov in the eastern part of the country, closer to Russia. Born in 1938, Mikhailov’s artistic sensibilities were shaped by the aftermath of a second World War and the rise and demise of the Soviet Union. His photographic explorations of society, particularly poverty and life on the fringes, have built his reputation as a new kind of voice: an unbound social and artistic documentarian. Mikhailov has created diverse and important bodies of work making him one of the foremost photographers of his generation.
His latest exhibition, currently on view at Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York City, is Boris Mikhailov: Four Decades. The show will be up until February 8th, and offers a terse insight into the former Soviet Union and its people who—like the citizens in Kiev out in the streets demanding their rights—are still grappling with its legacy. —Lane Nevares