Max Sher March 5, 2012Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Russia.
From the Series Amerika. Kemerovo, Russia 2011
Max Sher (b.1975, Russia) was raised and educated in Siberia and France. Since 2006 he has been photographing in various Russian regions (Caucasus, Siberia, Urals, Astrakhan, etc.) as well as in Belarus, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey, Tajikistan, Ukraine as part of his personal projects and on commissions. His work appeared in Courrier International, Monocle, Esquire (Russia), le Monde, Libération, Ogoniok, Independent Magazine, Afisha, Bolshoi Gorod, Russian Reporter, Snob, GEO Traveler, Foto8, Private, Der Spiegel, Forbes.ru, Newsweek Japan, etc. and was exhibited in St.Petersburg, Vienna, Moscow, Bratislava, among others. Max was nominated for KLM Paul Huf Awards in 2008. He is currently based in Moscow.
About the Photograph:
“The idea of the title was taken from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment – one of the characters before shooting himself says to the person present at the scene: ‘If anybody asks you tell them I went to America”. In the Russian literature, the imaginary, celestial ‘Amerika’ is synonym for escape, nothingness, imagination, ‘emigration’ from life into the super sensual world of ideas and imagery. My Amerika has no story behind it, it reflects a certain state of mind and soul during my stay in Siberia, where I had lived from the age of 11 to 23 – a difficult and formative period in my life. I went back to my old home after a long absence during the most melancholic season to come to terms with that period and to photograph.”