ABOUT THE FILM
THE RUSSIANS is a film about the photography of Oleg Videnin. It looks at the unknown world of so-called normal Russian life and the real people Oleg Videnin uses in his work.
The film accompanies Oleg Videnin as he photographs people on the streets of Bryansk, as well as in Russia’s empty villages and along Russia’s roads. He also provides a deep insight into his working methods in the darkroom and the methods he uses when photographing people. The film includes several sequences of Oleg Videnin’s outstanding and moving photography.
The documentary also includes interviews with Russian curators Evgeny Berezner (Head of the Department for Photography and Multimedia at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art), and Irina Tchmyreva (Art Historian
and Curator, Moscow).
BIOGRAPHY: OLEG VIDENIN
Oleg Videnin was born in Bryansk (Russia) in 1963 and graduated from the Bryansk Technological Institute in 1985 as a "forestry engineer". He began work first as a forester then as an actor, before turning his hand to journalism. He worked for several newspapers, radio and TV channels and was a member of the USSR Union of Journalists.
Passionate since childhood, he used to take photographs of his world in Bryansk and since the late 1990s has been working on a body of photography showing the normal Russian people of Bryansk and
surrounding areas. His work became popular on the Internet and has received a considerable amount of attention from the photographic community. His photography can be seen at the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Russia). He has won several prizes and has been a member of the agency PHOTOGRAPHER.RU since 2005.
He lives with his family in Bryansk.
- 2011, FotoFest, Houston, Texas, USA
- 2011, The Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, Australia
- 2010, Fotounion Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
- 2010, Fotoloft Gallery, Moscow, Russia
- 2009, Sputnik Gallery, New York, USA
- 2008, Photographer.ru Gallery, Moscow, Russia
- 2005, Photonet-Studio, Moscow, Russia
Producer / Director / Photographer
Christian Klinger (Producer and Director of Film) is a photographer and filmmaker who has worked periodically with media platforms in the USA and in Germany since the 1990s. His editorials and documentaries include the
full-length film about Jock Sturges (aired on ARTE in July 2009) and PEOPLE * LOVE * PHOTOS about Elinor Carucci, Tanyth Berkeley, Ashley MacLean and Traci Matlock (aired on DR2, Denmark).
He has also made editorials about Johann Sebastian Bach (Leipzig feature) and created several portraits of photographers and artists. In his filmmaking career, he has interviewed artists, inventors and scientists such as Will McBride (American photographer), Karlheinz Brandenburg (inventor of the MP3) and Thomas Olbricht (art collector). He has also initiated and curated various festivals and art events and has had various exhibitions of his
Producer / Editor in chief
Daniela Krien (Editor in chief)has written and edited over 50 features about artists, photographers and inventors. Her editing credits include Karlheinz Brandenburg (inventor of the MP3), Hellen van Meene (art photographer), Hans Eberhard Zahn (Stasi victim), Prof. Dr. Gunnar Heinsohn (Youth Bulge) and Will McBride (art photographer). She released her first novel in 2011. More information: English * Deutsch
COMMENTS ABOUT THE FILM
Thank you very much for 'The Russians'. Youth in Poland does not know anything about Russia as our nation is desperately trying to forget about last centuries and we want to be a part of the Western culture. It was fascinating for me, how many similiarities and how many unexpected differences (e.g. the school uniforms. They are uncanny!) between our worlds I have found in this movie.
The scenes with the models talking about their lives are very touching.
Tina, Tbilisi, Georgia