Masha Ivashintsova 1942-2000
Almost 20 years after her death, thousands of roll of undeveloped films and negatives were found in an attic by her daughter. Masha Ivashintsova was heavily involved in the Leningrad poetic and photography underground movement of the 1960-80s. She was the lover of three artists: photographer Boris Smelov, poet Viktor Krivulin and linguist Melvar Melkumyan. Believing that her work paled into insignificance next to theirs, she never showed her photographs. Instead, she hoarded them in the attic of her house in Pushkin where they remained until her daughter came across them during renovation work.
Photography, more than any other art form, provides an accurate record of life and society. These rare finds help us to know more about the lives of individuals and give us a deeper understanding of society. Masha has been compared to American street photographer Viviam Maier who took some 150,000 photographs during her life but never published any or even developed many, and whose work became known only after her death in 2009. Masha's work is astounding. I genuinely believe that she will go down in history as one of the great Russian artists of the Cold War period.
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