Chernowitz Portfolio

Boris Savelev, 2018

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Published by Factum Arte
Printed by Factum Arte
Edition of 10
54 x 38 x 4 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boris Savelev (b.1946) is a Ukranian-born Russian photographer famed for his shadowed images of ordinary street scenes and the figures that inhabit them throughout a time of great transition during and following the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. He can be regarded as one of the most important photographers working in modern-day Russia.

Hailing from the Western city of Chernovitz as part of a great photographic generation alongside figures such as Vyacheslav Tornovetsky and Sergei Lopatiuk, Savelev began in the exclusively-available black & white film and worked with minimal forms as well as dark tones of colour and light to create his starkly realistic view of the streets he walked in his adopted Moscow. Savelev went on to incorporate colour following the invention of colour film in the early 1980’s and now utilises a mixture of digital and analogue forms of photography.

These latest offerings are facilitated by the technology of Factum Arte, with director Adam Lowe first meeting Savelev in 1995 – marking the beginning of a long creative relationship. Savelev’s journey of photographic exploration through printing methods such as gum bichromate, Kallitype, and through pigment transfer has culminated in his exclusive partnership with Factum and Factum's Head of Printing Rafa Rachewsky. Using the specialist flat-bed printer available in the Madrid workshop, much of Savelev’s modern work is printed on gesso-coated aluminium; a material that complements the deep shadows present in his work as well as the multiple tonal layers involved in their production, with the photographer personally involved in every print himself.

 

'Frosty 2'
2016
Sigma DP2 Quattro_ 30/2.8

'Mayonez'
1987
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 200

'From the Bus'
2010
Sigma SD1 Merill _ Summilux R 35/1.4

'Sachet'
2015
Sigma DP2 Quattro_ 30/2.8

'Raincoat'
1990
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 200

'Holo to Sky'
1987
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 64

'White Head'
1990
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 64

'Night Entrance'
2012
Sigma DP2 Merill _ 30/2.8

'Yellow boots'
1991
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0

'Night Bridge'
2016
Sigma DP2 Merill _ 30/2.8

'Portrait of Slavik'
1989
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 64

'Sign of Phone'
2012
Sigma DP2 Merill _ 30/2.8

'Deep Snow'
2014
Sigma DP2 Quattro _ 30/2.8

'Moon light'
2016
Sony A7R_ Summicron 50/2.0

'Red Spot'
1987
Leica M3 _ Summicron 50/2.0
Klodachrome 64

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