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"The photojournalist Misha Friedman is popular for his efforts to trap lifestyles in modern Russia, documenting matters as diverse as political corruption, the hazards of coal mining, the tuberculosis epidemic, and the Bolshoi Ballet. In courses starting from the hot York occasions, the Washington submit, Time, and the recent Yorker, Friedman's grimly evocative black-and-white images--'intimate, behind-the-scenes Read more...

summary: "The photojournalist Misha Friedman is popular for his efforts to catch lifestyles in modern Russia, documenting topics as diversified as political corruption, the risks of coal mining, the tuberculosis epidemic, and the Bolshoi Ballet. In courses starting from the hot York instances, the Washington publish, Time, and the recent Yorker, Friedman's grimly evocative black-and-white images--'intimate, behind-the-scenes images' (Time)--have been credited with shooting moments of severe pathos, bleak lifestyles, and human dignity. He has obtained a number of overseas awards for his 'unflinching' lens and his intrepid reporting. For his new choice of images, Lyudmila and Natasha, Friedman trains his lens on a homosexual couple residing on Saint Petersburg, delivering a chain of intimate snapshots in their courting because it unfolds over the process a 12 months. confronted with a antagonistic political weather, monetary problems, and sometimes volatile dwelling preparations, the topics of this lovely booklet exhibit the probabilities for romance within the so much doubtful of occasions. With the fabled urban of Saint Petersburg as its backdrop, Lyudmila and Natasha powerfully inspires either an important position and the folks who name it domestic. Lyudmila and Natasha used to be designed via Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS)"

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Natasha and Lyudmila at a nightclub, at a closed “girls only” party. Although there are several gay clubs in Saint Petersburg, most of the LGBT nightlife revolves around private parties, announced only online, or advertised by word-of-mouth. There are almost nightly protests by religious zealots outside gay clubs, and private parties provide much-needed safety for those who want to go out. Natasha and Lyudmila at a striptease in a nightclub. The grim future for the LGBT community in Russia, and intolerant attitudes toward their relationship, adds an extra level of stress to Lyudmila and Natasha’s daily lives together.

We are looking over Lyudmila’s shoulder and yet seeing with Natasha’s eyes. Fleeting yet intimate, like water rushing around us. These are the moments I prize most in Lyudmila and Natasha, but they’re not why I’ve been asked to write an introduction. My connection—beyond the human one anyone with eyes and heart can share with images as grainily specific and universal as these—is with the setting for Lyudmila’s and Natasha’s love and struggle, Saint Petersburg: in particular, Russia more widely.

Elena’s first Pride parade—or, rather, her first attempt at a parade—was in 2011. She went because she’d fallen in love. She and her girlfriend, Anya, wore T-shirts that said, “I love her,” with arrows pointing to one another. They were very afraid. Anya kept repeating a child’s proverb. Something her mother used to tell her when she was scared. “There is a rhyme in Russian, it sounds more beautiful in Russian,” Elena told me, but I don’t speak Russian, so she said it to our friend Zhenya, who translated it for me: “You angels go forward,” he said softly, rippling his fingers on the table.

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