Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

New Russian photography: Anastasia Tailakova

Apr 20, 2015 - Ekaterina Anokhina

Today I want to show you some work of my other fellow photographer - Anastasia Tailakova. She also graduated from Rodchenko Artschool and studied at Fotodepartament in St.Petersburg. Couple of years ago she switched from analog medium format camera to an old digital Kodak from 1995, one of the earliest digital cameras, and I find her new work mesmerizing. I love her pictures from  "Not Applicable" project, which look like film stills from old VHS tapes. Anastasia's statement  says: »More recently, her photographs have addressed questions of temporal placement and the abstract “found”. Using rare, nearly forgotten cameras to achieve a subtle feel of the very recent past, she makes images that look like recovered memory recordings and induce a strong sense of nostalgia. While being modern creations, these pictures appear fragmentary and taken out of their native sequence, which is likely located somewhere at the advent of digital technology. They seek to join the rows of anonymous visual artifacts that have long lost all links to their factual origins. The photographer’s calculated approach to working with aged tools tempts us to suspend our disbelief and discover something old in something new.«