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9-12 April 2015
Organizer: Midexpo

PHOTOSALON is held annually by Midexpo Exhibition Company. The visitors could enjoy photo expositions by the world-famous photographers most of which exhibit in Russia for the first time.

The project was held for the first time in 2006. Being one of the main events of Moscow art life Photosalon represents photography of different genres.

The works of Russian and foreign photographers were presented to the visitors in 2015:
  
"Dancers Among Us", Jordan Matter
9-12.04
This exhibition is part of an on-going project that began as a book and quickly grew into an international phenomenon. DANCERS AMONG US (Workman Publishing, 2012), a New York Times bestseller, is a collection of photographs of dancers in everyday situations around the country. It was sel ected as one of the "Best Books of 2012" by Oprah Magazine, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Matter and his work have been featured on television and print throughout the world, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the Today Show, the BBC, The Huffington Post, and the Museum of Contemporary Art is Seoul, Korea. Images fr om this ever growing project continue to be viewed and shared on-line by millions of people, all over the planet, every day.











“With open eyes”, Valentinas Juraitis
9-12.04
Project “With open eyes” by Lithuanian photographer Valentinas Juraitis will be introduced at Photosalon-2015. The heroes of black and white pictures love, rejoice, feel sad, raise families, work on the fields and are rather satisfied with their lives. Valentinas Juraitis is a photographer, journalist, born in the Marijampolė district on 12th March 1955 in Lithuania. In 1978 he graduated from Vilnius University, the faculty of history, received a diploma of journalist. Valentinas worked as a reporter for different papers in Lithuania. He is a member of the Photoartists Union since 1985, the director of photography and publishing agency “Vyzdys”. Since 1994 he has published the magazine of photography and video “Vyzdys foto/video”.
 







"Wedding in Fergana", Umida Akhmedova
9-12.04

Umida Akhmedova, an Uzbek documentary photographer, was born in Parkent, a small town in Tashkent province and later received her professional education in Russia. She studied photography at the Culture Professional School in Vladimir and obtained a degree of a cameraperson fr om the VGIK (All-Union Institute of Cinema).

After coming back to Uzbekistan, Akhmedova continued to work both as a photographer and as a cameraperson and became a co-author of several films dedicated to the controversial life in modern Uzbekistan.

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Apart from participating in the All-Union competitions and numerous national exhibitions, Akhmedova exhibited her works in Bilbao, Copenhagen and many Russian cities. Her latest series Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law was exhibited at the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013).

Umida Akhmedova’s works explore a familiar everyday life of Uzbek families and communities that face numerous challenges caused by the need to adapt the traditional way of life to the demands of the rapidly changing world.

Her keen interest in complex and authentic life of the Uzbek people and the refusal to follow the top-down agenda of superficial and non-critical representation of so-called ‘national traditions’ has provoked a negative reaction from the authorities on more than one occasion. .

This photo story is about a wedding ceremony held in one of the villages in Ferghana province, a key event in the life of many Uzbek families who save money for years and often work abroad only to hold it.

Even in villages the tradition is inevitably changing: new elements of the ritual are introduced, including the white wedding dress, huge wedding cakes and flowers while the ceremony is now more often held in cafes and restaurants rather than at home as it used to 20 years ago.

However, the most important changes are the ones that take place in human relationships, especially between different generations. While older people are still trying to play the role of keepers of everlasting traditions, the young are already building their own relations wh ere lavish folk rituals and costumes perform a mere decorative function. They will be removed as soon as the festivities are over and the real life starts, but for this couple it still lies ahead…      

"From Mont Blanc to Tibet", Dmitry Shatrov
9-12.04






"The country's fabric", Denis Sinyakov
9-12.04










"Pop Latino", Macros Lopez
9-12.04








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