by Alexander Yantyushev
Soft Cover｜168 Pages｜29.7×21 cm
Yantyushev was born in a small town near a huge power plant. He studied as an artist, but never worked in his specialty. He studied graphic design independently and began a career in this field. At the same time, he started taking pictures and gradually left graphic design to take pictures professionally.
As a photographer, Yantyushev worked with magazines both in his city and around the world. In 2017, his work reached the shortlist of the Vogue Italia Unique Portrait competition. In 2019, his work was published in Vogue Talents.
In his works he tries to find beauty in the absurdity of modern Russian reality while exploring how the concept of masculinity is changing under these conditions.
The artist currently lives and works in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
In the summer of 2019, Yantyushev tired of the style of commercial projects and decided to return to where he started his path in photography - portraits of guys. He was inspired by a line from a Don Henley song, which he further developed into this project. However, what he wants to portray is not the sadness described in the lyric; on the contrary, it's about the joy of a short and unpredictable summer. He lives in the Ural mountains in the middle of Russia, where the climate is very harsh and the summer is very short. Everyone looks forward to the summer, although it can be both very hot and cold, and sometimes hot and cold at the same time. He wanted to capture these changes in the weather, as well as the boys living through it. He tried to recreate memories of this fleeting season, awaited for nine months but always gone so quickly.
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