Boris Mikhailov. Arles Paris…and
Born in Kharkiv and already active as a photographer in Soviet times, Boris Mikhaïlov is considered one of the most successful photographers to have emerged from the former USSR. His style combines social documentary with conceptual art. The series Arles, Paris and comprises 67 photographs from 1989, retouched by the artist 26 years later, which thereby offer a fresh perspective on his work. Made on his first trip to the West, shortly after the Soviet Bloc collapsed, the black-and-white images, now ornamented with gold and splashes of colour, reflect his discovery of a new world, and convey his sense of wonder and disbelief. With an essay by Chantal Pontbriand.