Russian Postcards – Every Month

By Gerard Sarkozi (56 y.o., Lyon, France).

I am not a WordPress user as my friend Bernard whom I have known for over 20 years. And I am not a good writer too. But a friend of Bernard Alex Markovich asked me to share my thoughts on getting Russian postcards. So here we go.

In 2017 Bernard arranged at the café of our mutual friend Andre an exhibition called “Postcards from Russia”. There were about 40 postcards (pinned to the walls) presented at the exhibition. Those were the photos and watercolor paintings of Alex Markovich.

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Russian Postcards Exhibition

By Andre Lavigne (55 y.o., Lyon, France).

In November 2017 a good friend of mine Bernard Fortier offered me to arrange an exhibition of his Russian friend Alex Markovich.

It was neither classical photographs nor paintings exhibition as most cafes do. It was a display of Russian postcards which Bernard had been receiving from Alex for more than two years.

I readily place pictures of various artists and photographers in my café so there were no objections on those postcards. I was confused just with ones thing as those cards were small – not of the regular size artists usually display their pictures at the exhibitions.

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Russian Postcards in My Mailbox

By Bernard Fortier (51 y.o., Lyon, France).

I met Alex Markovich online via his project “Russian Postcards” in 2015. I was looking through different websites on traveling to Russia as I was going to fly to Moscow in October 2015 on business and bumped onto Alex’s blog. Though I did not have a chance to meet Alex in real life – he was in October 2015 in Kazan at the theater festival taking video – we could chat on the phone every day. We keep doing that now once a month via Viber.

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Miksang Photography

An abstract from an interview of Alex Markovich for “Radio of Russia” devoted to his exhibition “Contemplative Photography” which was held in Belgorod State Pushkin Library (Russia) in February and March 2018.

Using the term “Contemplative Photography” I can say that I practiced it being seven years old. I had a film camera with black-and-white film and almost every day I took pictures of scissors, tear away calendar, sunlight on the windowsill or on the curtains. My parents were not happy that I took pictures of the objects and not of my grandparents at whose place I liked to spend most of my leisure time.

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Contemplative Photography

An abstract from an interview of Alex Markovich for LIFE AS ART MAGAZINE (Russia) devoted to his exhibition “Contemplative Photography” which was held in Belgorod State Pushkin Library (Russia) in February and March 2018.

I came across the term “Contemplative Photography” in September 2014. In the comments on my other blog a lady from the States said that some of my pictures which had been presented on my site are in the genre which is called Contemplative Photography. Well, that was not something really new as I referred to those pictures as “Haiku Photography”.

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