Igor Mukhin


Igor Vladimirovich Moukhin (Russian: И́горь Влади́мирович Му́хин;) born in 1961, After graduating from college, Igor worked in a project institute. From 1985 to 1986 he attended classes at the studio of prominent Moscow photographer Alexander Lapin. He later spent several years working with samizdat rock musicians.
In 1987, Mukhin had his first personal exhibition at the Moscow State University. Since 1989 he has been working as an independent photographer. His work has been published in many Russian magazines and in foreign editions such as Rolling Stone, GEO, Elle, Vogue, Le Monde, Liberation, Esquire and Time among others.

Igor Mukhin is known for his portrait series of Soviet artists and his detached and incisive series on decaying Soviet monuments and benches. He began to cooperate with the photo agency RAPHO, Paris, in 1988, making fifty portraits of contemporary Soviet artists for the international traveling exhibition "Diaspore" (1989-1991). He created a similar series for the Royal College of Art in London in 1990. Mukhin's other work expresses the anti-climax of the demise of the Soviet state through the decrepitude of symbolic—and once powerful—cultural artifacts.


Lives and works in Moscow. 

1977-1981 Study in the Construction College. 
1981-1987 worked as a technician in the design organization. 
1985 acquaintance with Alexander Lapin and Alexei Shulgin. 
1986 collaboration with various artists for samizdat journals, participation in the first group exhibition at the Little Georgian Street, 28. Introducing Piganovym, Efimov and Alexander Slyusareva. 
1987 First solo exhibition, 120 works in MSU. 
1988 trip to Finland at the invitation of the University of Applied Arts in Helsinki, started work with clippings RAPHO, Paris. 
1989 began working as a freelance photographer, a trip to Paris and London (in Paris met with Garik Pinhasovym. Becomes a group member 'Immediate picture', Moscow. 
1990 Getting Started with Tatiana Liberman
. 1991 Series of 32 photographs of Moscow to the book 'Bulgakov place in Moscow' for Biblioteca del Vestello in Rome, the birth of his daughter Masha, teaches at the Free Ukrainian Fotoakademii in Kiev, . Organized by Alexander Levitsky; trip to Switzerland during the photo-project "Moscow-Zurich '; work over 30 portraits of contemporary Soviet artists for the exhibition catalog' Art Books', 
. 
1992 Work on the anthology 'Baltic Waves' for publication 'Bra Bocker AB', Sweden 
1994 State Prize of Russia 'man of art'. 
1999 Award Mayor of Paris and work on the project 'Lovers in Paris' commissioned by FNAC, with the participation of the Committee for the celebration of 2000, France. 
2000 Birth of son, Maxim. 



Lectures:
1990 Free Academy in Moscow. 
1991 Free Ukrainian Fotoakademiya in Kiev, Ukraine. 
1991 Kanzlei, Zurich. 
1993 Photofestival-93, ship Moscow-St Petersburg. 
1996 IV International Conference on 'Image - a phenomenon of everyday culture', Riga, Latvia. 
1997 Moscow International Photofestival 'Interphoto-97', Moscow, Russia. 

Personal exhibitions: 

1987 'for young for young' club of the Moscow State University. 
1988 'Igor Mukhin' Uralmash, Sverdlovsk. 
1989 'Igor Mukhin' Gallery, Kuibyshev. 
1989 'Igor Mukhin' club photographer, Ukhta. 
1990 'Igor Mukhin' gallery 'Interphoto', Leningrad. 
1993 'Study of Soviet monumental art' photos, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (booklet). 
1994 'Benches: Transformation for the Future' XL Gallery, Moscow (catalog). 
. 1995 '40 photos' Museum of the Revolution, Moscow (catalog);
. 'Vision of Russia' Grote Kerk, Naarden Fotofestival, Netherlands (catalog)
. 1996 'Life in the city' The Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia;
. 'Landscape changes' Gallery in Moscow (Photobiennale-96), Moscow (catalog)
1997 'Moscow Moscow' club 'Slepenais experementa', Riga, Latvia; 
'The Soviet era: Benches and Monuments' photodiode, Riga, Latvia; 
'Crossing' Goethe Institute, Moscow; 
'Culture Park. Memory 'KUKART-III International Festival, Tsarskoe Selo;
. 'B. Semin and Mukhin: Contemporary Russian Photography' The Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, USA;
. 'Moscow: the city and the people' LEK, Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalog);
. 'Igor Mukhin' Galeria Gerulta, Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia (catalog)
1998 'Youth and the City' Manege, Photobiennale-1998, Moscow (catalog) 
'Moscou la Jenne' Bibliotheque Elsa-Triolet, Pantin, France (catalog); 
'Moscou', MJC du Lau, Pau, France. 
1999 'Nonstop' Gallery XL, Moscow (catalog); 
'Igor Mukhin', Gallery Carre Noir, Paris; 
'Playground' M. Gelman Gallery, Moscow; 
Girls', Gallery XL, Moscow (catalog). 
2000 'Paris as it is', a concert hall foyer of Russia, Moscow; 
'Between the Lines' INVOGUE, Moscow; 
'Paris' Month of Photography in Paris. Gallery Carre Noir, Paris. 
2001 'Moscow Light', Museum of Architecture named Schuseva, Moscow. 
2002 'Moscow-Paris ", MDF, Moscow; 
'Relations', Nizhny Novgorod - Samara - Novosibirsk - Ekaterinburg; 
Moscow. International photography festival, Pingyao, China (catalog); 
'Nizhny Novgorod', Summer 2001. Photofestival Pro-Vision. N. Novgorod (Catalog). 

COLLECTIONS 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 
The Jane Voorhees. Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey;
. Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris;
. Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, (FNAC) Paris;
. Moscow House of Photography, Moscow;
. The Ministry of Culture of Russia, Moscow;
. State Historical Museum, Moscow;
. Museum of Contemporary Art 'Tsarina', Moscow;
. Museum photo collection, Moscow;
. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin;
. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC;
. Denver Art Museum, Denver;
. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach;
. Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga;
. Victor Barsokevitch Photographic Center, Kuopio;
. The Navigator Foundation, Boston;
. Arabella Hopewell Collection, London;
. Museum of Architecture named Schuseva;
. Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe;
. And private collections



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