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Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov

It's not my dog business. 1965. Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov

It’s not my dog business. 1965. Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov (born September 4, 1937, Leningrad, USSR)

Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov
The author of this picture is one of the forefathers of the so-called street photography. He shot a simple life: in the Moscow courtyard, on the embankments of Leningrad, in the Summer Garden, in Minsk, Vologda and other places. Recognition and fame came to him with a photograph “It’s not my dog business.” At the international competition “Inter Press Photo” in 1966 he with this dog became a prize-winner of all spectator sympathies.
Born in 1937 in Leningrad, Vladimir Bogdanov didn’t plan to become a photographer. In 1955, being a student of the textile institute, he came to the photo club of the Palace of Culture of the Leningrad City Council. And ten years later he was already a professional photographer, having started working as a photographer in the youth newspaper “Smena” (1965). Then followed Leningradskaya Pravda, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Sovetskaya Rossiya, Trud and, finally, The Literary Newspaper, where he worked for 23 years.

Summer garden. 1970s

Summer garden. 1970s. Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov

Vladimir Bogdanov is a recognized master of portrait and genre photography. Working in various publications, he shot a lot of celebrities, domestic and foreign. Among them are legends such as Vladimir Vysotsky, Nonna Mordyukova, Bulat Okudzhava, Francis Coppola, Yuri Nikulin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, who, by the way, really did not like to be photographed. Political and public figures of the “era of change”: Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin (series “Leaders”), and Andrei Sakharov. And from the other hand – just life, the moments, which talented photographer cought in the simplest black and white scenes. Meanwhile, there is something uncontrollably attracting in these photos, probably, the most important thing.

Soviet photographer Vladimir Bogdanov

source: magazines Soviet photo, Soviet Union, Ogonyok