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Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15 January 2010 till 13 March 2010

A photographer working for a fashionable brand or a glossy magazine knows what is expected from him: to show a product or a person in as favourable light as possible, and to turn the viewer/reader into a buyer. Russian born Alla Esipovich knows all about it. While taking photographs of “the beauty and the beautiful” in her own way, she became more and more aware of the “waste products of glamour”, of people left outside the “images of illusion”.

The result of this development: No Comment. A series of portraits Alla Esipovich (St. Peters burg, 1963) made of people from various backgrounds, from circus artists to professors, from engineers to sailors. They all expressed their wish to be photographed and chose the way it should be done. Usually in their own familiar surroundings in Saint Petersburg, for that is where all the people portrayed live. Esipovich carefully avoids voyeurism; rather, the viewer is confronted with the transitoriness of being – “the other side of glamour” – almost all the people portrayed are aging, most of them are old. A considerable number of them is photo graphed naked or while undressing. Proud and without any inhibition. Names, patronyms, surnames and professions are clearly stated.

Just like her portraits in “unbecoming” black and white, Alla’s photographs of Aleksej Inge levich, sometimes with his wife and daughter, are quite impressive. Ingelevich is a Germanic scholar; he was born with a growing disorder. In a verbal statement Alla Esipovich explains that these photographs have come about in close cooperation with Aleksej Ingelevich, which is why she considers this series a joint project.

But the photographer is not only interested in the transitory and the extraordinary: her series “The Happiest Day of My Life” shows women in their favourite outfit, their daily ambience, and often with the person their beloved. We are looking at people at their very intimate moment, still the atmosphere is never sticky or cynical, because the photographers records the world as a documentarian. A world many people, including art lovers, do not necessarily get to see.  It is an unadorned world without any advantageous illumination. The world – let us be honest about it – as it usually presents itself to us.

What is remarkable about her work: the world of Alla Esipovich is indeed typical Russian: harsh, hard and often “styled” with accessories of Soviet origin and which don’t really fit in the Western taste. But the photographer also has her classical side: many works remind us of masterpieces of painting and photography because of their composition and philosophy.

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

22-09-2017 till 24-09-2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008