In 1991 I visited Burlington's sister city of Yaroslavl in what was then the Societ Union. My plan was to produce series of images like the ones I had made in Burlington's other sister city of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. The region at the time was represented in the US media by images of sullen people, bread lines, and overberaring military men. I spent the spring months meeting many ordinary Russians: students, cooks, firemen, television producers, ice fishermen, wedding couples, etc. and exhibited photographs as I made them in windows of storefronts along a business thoroughfare. Russians were indtrigued with the pictures, wondering both at the unusual venue for showing photographs and about my choice to show pictures of "unimportant" people, this being an era when public images in Russia were primarily of politicians, military personnel, and heroic workers.


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