Photographer and historian. In 20 years he heads the journalism sub-faculty in St.-Petersburg State University, the author of 200+ books and articles, photography master-classes instructor in Clemson University (USA), Stockholm and Bergen.
Photographs have played a special role among the documents that have helped us to recreate the past, particularly those photographs where the photographer has not tried to intervene in the events that are taking place, but has honestly recorded them. Reporters’ photographs are invaluable, a documentary chronicle of days
gone by, impartial evidence in which the traces of social change have been fixed. Of course family albums, where portraits of relatives taken by travelling or city based professional photographers lie alongside amateur snapshots, are equally invaluable.