Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

The Lithuanian School of Photography in the second half of the last century made a real revolution in the minds of a whole generation of photographers, becoming a breath of "fresh Baltic air" against the background of the total officialdom of Soviet photography.

Today we want to introduce you to the works of one of the most popular Lithuanian photographers — Romualdas Pozherskis.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

Romualdas Pozherskis is one of the most famous representatives of the Lithuanian school of photography, the winner of numerous prizes and awards. His works are in the collections of the most important museums in the world, and he is a professor at the Faculty of Arts of the Kaunas University of Vytautas the Great, where he teaches a course on the history and aesthetics of photography.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

1. Old towns of Lithuania. Vilnius, 1976.

In the work of Pozherskis, several large-scale cycles of photographs are distinguished, each of which the author devotes many years of continuous work. Each cycle claims to be an exhaustive story about the chosen topic, in the center of which is always a person.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

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The photographer forces the audience to look at the relationship between people in a different way. The person in them is real and harmonious, first of all, because he is not torn out of the space of life.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

3. Kaunas, 1976.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

4. Kaunas, 1976.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

5. Old towns of Lithuania. Klaipeda, 1976.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

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In contrast to the standard Soviet documentary, often staged, where a person exists only as a photographed object, the photographer's work is always incredibly true.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

7. Old towns of Lithuania. Vilnius, 1977.

No matter who the heroes of his works are — war veterans, a random boy or a cripple — they are always in harmony. And the point here is not only in the inherent humanity and wisdom of Pozherskis, but also in the desire to show a person as he really is.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

8. Old towns of Lithuania. Kaunas, 1977.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

9. Old towns of Lithuania. Vilnius, 1977.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

10. Old towns of Lithuania. Vilnius, 1977.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

11. Old towns of Lithuania. Klaipeda, 1982.

Working on the series "Old Cities of Lithuania" (1974-1982), the author set himself a super-task — to show the relationship between a person and a city in the genre of street photography, which was virtually absent in Lithuania and the entire Union in those years.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

12. Old towns of Lithuania. Klaipeda, 1984.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

13. Cycle "Children's hospitals" (1976-1982).

A distinctive feature of Pozherskis ' works is the sincere sympathy and empathy that he feels for his characters. Especially to the children who inhabit almost all of its cycles.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

14. Children's hospitals. 1981.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

15. Children's hospitals. 1981.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

16. Laugaliay, 1984.

No less empathy is aroused by the author and the old people, who are dedicated to the cycle "The Last Shelter" (1983-1990).

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

17. Nemenchine, 1983.

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

18. Berzoras, 1988.

The series "Gardens of Memory" combines images taken in Lithuanian cemeteries. In it, the photographer tries to answer the philosophical question: where is the boundary between the material and spiritual worlds?

Honest Soviet photography by Romualdas Pozherskis

19. Krikstonis, 1987.

20. Laugaliay, 1985.

Keywords: Photography | Photographer | Exhibition | Baltic States | Lithuania

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