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Bieke Depoorter; Ou Menya.


Bieke Depoorter; Ou Menya.

Depoorter, Bieke.

Lannoo Publishers


128 pages



Photographer Bieke Depoorter produced her graduate thesis by travelling three times in one-month segments on the Trans-Siberian Express. Knowing no Russian, she would get off each day at random stops, present women with a note in Russian asking them if she could sleep in their homes, and then photograph the rooms and their inhabitants. The resulting show won her the HP Magnum Expression Award, and this book of her pictures. They are color photographs printed in an intentionally grainy style, as if enlargements of low-resolution snapshots. Dark, flat, and in surrealistically saturated color, they are almost exclusively rural and small-town Siberian interiors, in which barrenness coexists with high-contrast visual riot, and in which the inhabitants are simultaneously fragmentary and perfectly at home.

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