“They are not just ‘social photographs,’ as many people see them, they are my personal encounters and scenes. Every added picture is another chapter in my own history. And when I get asked why I go after ‘life’s unpleasant side,’ I reply, ‘because I am a part of it.’” – Dmitry Markov, 2017 galerie du jour agnès b. presents the works of Russian photographer Dmitry Markov at Paris Photo 2019. His unflinching documentation of daily life in the Russian province of Pskov on the outskirts of urbanity weaves a narrative of human vulnerability, addiction, candor, and pathos. Photography came late in Dmitry Markov’s life, but since then, he has become a photographer, a daily photographer, a landmark of all his life’s “ups and downs.” He is honest enough to share with us his contradictions and weaknesses. He stares at the world, trying to find his own place and by the strength of his images he succeeds to takes us on board with his story. The people he takes pictures of instantly become part of his own story. He looks at...
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