Misha Fedoriv (Ukraine) and Robert Jackson (USA) and looked serious and composed as they made the final preparations for the opening of their joint exhibition at Fulbright office in Kyiv, on October 3, 2008. It was evident at a glance that common interests in photography and a shared creative energy made their collaboration successful.


 Who are they? Robert (on the left) is a political economist, Misha (on the right) is in his final year of studies at Karpenko-Kariy University of Theater, Cinema and Television.


What unites them? Not only talent, but great desire to understand the world with its “pluses” and “minuses” and to reflect it on the photos. They share a respect for the history of photography, using decades, even century-old techniques such as the pinhole camera in a fresh way.


What are their favorite genres and styles? They are various – from landscapes and portraitures to street photography.


Michael’s pinhole camera technique yielded pictures which capture the sweep of time and offer great depth of focus. One of them was of the lions that guard the national Museum of Art next door to the Fulbright. That had to be pointed out; the perspective was altogether novel and arresting. Misha, also working in black and white, is more interested in human subjects. He has some of Frank Capra’s magic,  the ability to capture soul in black and white


 When I asked Misha why there were no titles under pictures, he answered calmly: “I can’t make people think with my thoughts. They are free to have their own opinion”. And Robert added: ”We create the atmosphere of space, life and time in our photos. And it doesn’t matter whether it is past or present. It matters whether it touches our hearts”.


Dear Art-Talkers! I suggest you to visit the exhibition and enjoy Misha’s handprints from series “The Last Train”, “Backs”, “Streetshots” and Robert’s “Ruination” – all taken around Ukraine.


Lyudmyla Povaliy, Graham Seibert

Members, Art-Talkers


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