Anatoly Garanin
Anatoly Garanin
The Ballad of Life in Soviet Russia
In 1912 Anatoly Garanin was born into a wealthy Moscow family, whose fate was determined by the tumultuous events of the 20th century. His mother was of aristocratic lineage. His father, Sergei Garanin, a successful broker, volunteered for the Red Army in 1918. After the revolution the family, deprived of property, huddled in a small room in a communal apartment in Moscow. When he was 15, in 1927, he put together a home-made camera. And by 1930, he was already employed on the staff of the Vechernyaya Moskva newspaper. Anatoly Garanin documented the unfolding of Russia's Soviet history and inaugurated his career as a photographer for a prominent magazine that was meant to show Soviet life abroad and called Soviet Union. From the early 1920's on, he has built a reflective visual portrait of his country. He was invisible but everywhere, whether in an open-pit plane shooting from the sky or on a cart pulled by a donkey shooting what's on earth; streaming in the pouring rain in front of the Red Square or dressed as a medic in a uniform that fits him like a costume. Garanin - Anatoly Garanin -, who was shy enough to be the perfect anti-hero of photojournalism: an anti-Capa character telling anti-stories. He died in 1990 just one year before the collapse of the Soviet Union.