The exhibition presents works by Viktor Akhlomov, the legend of Russian photojournalism, an outstanding Soviet and Russian photojournalist of the newspaper Izvestia, a four-time winner of the World Press Photo award.
“His heroes were great composers, conductors, actors, dancers, poets ... But those about whom we are talking today“ great ones ”appear to him not in a formally ceremonial manner, but in all the charm of sincerity. Uncertain, worrying, tired and empty after a performance or, on the contrary, joyfully excited, staying in the power of inspiration - the heroes of Akhlomov live here and now. And their portraits are no less spiritualized than the work of the heroes themselves ”(Sergey Uvarov,“ Izvestia ”).
The photographs depicted outstanding composers and performers: K. Kondrashin, G. Sviridov, E. Nesterenko, R. Shchedrin and M. Plisetskaya, A. Schnittke, A. Pärt, V. Silvestrov, G. Kremer, S. Gubaidulina, M. Weinberg and, of course, the favorite hero of the photographer — Dmitry Shostakovich. One of the photographs — from the rehearsal of the Thirteenth Symphony — was not only one of the best works by Akhlomov, but also, perhaps, the most recognizable portrait of Shostakovich.