Russia in Bloom: Documentary Screening and Discussion with Leonid Parfenov – 15 August

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Russia in Bloom: Documentary Screening and Discussion with Leonid Parfenov – 15 August

Acclaimed Russian journalist and presenter Leonid Parfenov will present his latest documentary, Russia in Bloom (“Tsvet natsii”), dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in colour photography in pre-revolutionary Russia. The film will be followed by a discussion with Parfenov.

Prokudin-Gorsky realised the exceptional potential of colour photography and, from 1909 through to 1915, singlehandedly took on an ambitious project to document the Russian Empire in its “natural colours”. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, as well as the daily lives of the country’s diverse population.

Parfenov and his film crew follow in Prokudin-Gorsky’s footsteps, visiting 12 regions, including now independent Georgia and Uzbekistan, to bear witness to Prokudin-Gorsky's extraordinary professional feat and to document the changes that have taken place over the past 100 years, presenting a vivid portrait of a lost world.

The film screening accompanies the exhibition Close and Far: Russian Photography Now at Calvert 22 Gallery, which is showcasing Prokudin-Gorsky’s work for the first time in the UK, in conjunction with the work of new generation of photographers who explore questions of identity and place in early 21st century Russia. The exhibition runs until 17 August.

The screening will take place in Rich Mix, a five minute walk from Calvert 22 Gallery. The exhibition will be open until 6pm. Directions

Director: Sergey Nurmamed

Country: Russia, 2013

Running Time: 79 minutes

Production: Namedni Studio

Writer and presenter: Leonid Parfenov

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