IGOR PALMIN: PAST PERFECT

by Miryam Muller in


Just as I was starting to think about how cold, gray and harsh the Dutch weather can be, (it's like 1 below zero)  after looking at these beautifully captured images from Igor Palmin's book "Past Perfect," I have to admit, I kind of feel better about our whole "cold, gray and harsh" situation and just try to see the good things a bit.

Igor Palmin is called a chronicler of Moscow nonconformist art. His photographs won a wide recognition from the public; historic importance has his reportage photography of the exhibitions in Izmaylovsky Park, pavilion "Bee Keeping" and City Committee of Graphics, iconic events of unofficial Moscow cultural life of the 1970s-1980s.

Palmin belonged to the closed for the “strangers” circle of the nonconformists, was familiar with many unofficial artists and representatives of the creative elite of that time and was a direct participant in related events.

The book “PAST PERFECT” shows the readers the wonderful world of the creativity of Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Oscar Rabin, Erik Bulatov, Ernst Neizvestny, Vladimir Nemukhin, Anatoly Zverev, Lidia Masterkova and many other artists captured at work in their studios, during the apartment exhibitions, friendly meetings and leavings.

The spectrum of Igor Palmin’s creativity is somewhat broader than chronicle presentation of nonconformism. It seems that he actually managed to capture not only the persons and events, but also the Time itself. The Images of Moscow with skillfully caught signboards, buildings, city street mise en scene, creating a unique, well remembered by the older generation and totally unknown by youth image of Moscow of the 1970s to the early 1980s.