Odessa 2020

'Odessa. Photos from 1985'
15 February — 6 March, 2020
Noga Creative Union and Paparazzi Photo Salon present an exhibition of color photography from the early period of Viktor Ratushny.
72 Novoselskogo Str., Odessa, Ukraine.
Curated by Misha Maslennikov.

Odessa. Photos from 1985

Odessa. Photos from 1985. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

THE BIG FOUNTAIN

Pristine shores of the Big Fountain were filling my soul with something inexpressible, and after long journeys they were bringing me back. Thunderstorms would erase the beach trails and change the landscape until it was unrecognizable. Airy floating castles of panorama lovers and dilapidated constructions of fishermen inevitably slid down. Nothing is permanent on this earth — this was the first lesson I learned. Back then I photographed still life of autumn shipwrecks, backyards and picturesque roofs of my beloved Odessa. From this slide film began my venture into photography. Accessibility of yards and roofs raised the pulse and brought to life the “Form”. When the only safety was rope and chimneys, which have never failed me. I showed this series of slides for the first time at the photo club. Such reflection of reality wasn’t taken very well, so I embarked on a long journey. With just a single suitcase, leaving everything else behind, at the age of 37 I arrived to America, The Land of the Free. In reality she ended up being an expert pretender, my September 11 series was rejected as anti-American. The fact is, nobody is interested in the truth, it’s inconvenient, and it’s asking too many questions. But the paths of India and Athos has merged in me without contradictions. So it is possible, when no politics are involved.

Photography is just Photography, and even though I dedicated to it most of my life, in the end I will have to give it up as well. High quality hand-made prints that express poetry and esthetics is what remains. All is well, the most important was achieved!

Mythical paths of the Big Fountain have brought together all of my journeys into one, and all of them are linked by the intent to see the genuine truth. Otherwise what’s the point?

Viktor Ratushny


Odessa. Photos from 1985. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

  Self-portrait from Odessa 1985



Odessa. Photos from 1985. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography
Odessa. Photos from 1985. Misha Maslennikov. Documentary photography

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