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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Alexey Titarenko: Havana Sketches

Lens Culture... Alexey Titarenko: Havana Sketches. "...St. Petersburg photographer Alexey Titarenko (b.1962) is best known for his moody interpretations of older urban landscapes temporarily animated by ghost-like inhabitants passing through in daily life. A remarkable series from his hometown just after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s signaled the strength of Titarenko's artisistic and soulful vision, and he quickly became recognized as an important photographer to watch.
At a recent solo-exhibition at the Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York City he presented an all-new series called 'Havana Sketches' made in Cuba during 2003 and 2006. Titarenko believes that 'the artist’s most important goal is to recreate through his art those aspects of the profoundly personal that form the unique essence of the individual and to impart to it universal forms that are visible both to himself and to others.'"