The Russians (photographs)
Taking his inspiration in the early 20th Century work of Sergeii Prokudin-Gorskii, the Russian pioneer of colour photography, Addad Hannah traveled to Russia in the summer of 2010 to begin recording small slivers of Russian life in videos and photographs.
Having returned from this trip with hours of footage and hundreds of photographs, it took over a year to arrive at the final selection of moving and still images.
This body of work exists somewhere between the candid documentary snapshots of the Canadian photograph Robert Frank, the highly staged images of Jeff Wall, and the mid 19th Century parlour pastime of « tableaux vivants ».
Somewhat less controlled than his previous videos, Hannah’s subjects pulse with life even as they try to remain still.