Russian Fairy Tales by Frank Herfort

Frank Herfort, a young German photographer, who lives and works in Moscow and Germany, spent his youth in Leipzig (East Germany). His style is influenced by social realism: people are shown in their everyday life, which seems to be made up by banal details. Urban areas are captured in their vast dimensions. At a first quick glance this appears to be a frank,  straightforward and clear reflection of ‘reality’. A longer reception reveals that this depiction can be seen as ironic, questioning and hyper-real.

Central focus of Frank’s artistic work is exploring the contrasts and contradictions of life in contemporary Russia. Whether situated in the austere, crumbling remains of Soviet society or the opulent homes of modern Russian oligarchs, the spellbinding results demonstrate a singular talent for documentary storytelling. These immersive environments intrigue with people and riveting places are seemingly caught out of both time and context.

All photos by Frank Herfort