Evgeny Kashirin wasn’t just an ordinary photographer,but a true chronicler of his town. Every photo contains a story behind it.
Patriarch Alexei II
Evgeny passed away on June 29th in 2007. He wasn’t only a photographer, but a historian, a honorary freeman of Ryazan and one of the most outstanding people of the city.
Kashirin photographed both his close friends and strangers on the bus, domestic life and outdoors scenes, famous people and ordinary ones.
A motorbike escort near the registry office. At the time it was rather fashionable to have it after the wedding.
Kashirin’s photography is an art, indeed.There are short stories, blank verses and novels among his works.
A photo is a novel. A series of them compiles a whole saga, where the lives of individuals and of an entire country are mixed up. A simple story of old villagers can tell you about the War, the Revolution…about everything.
Evgeny Kashirin is one of the founders of the society Memorial in Ryazan. He has not only put everything that has happened to our country through his photo camera, but through himself as well.
Different colors, a different place and a different atmosphere. Babushka Klava and babushka Frosya have gone through the previous century with its upsets and misfortunes.
After his death he left us not only his photos, but over than twenty author programs about the history and art of Ryazan, and also with his stories and reminiscences. Something is written down;something lives on in the memories of those who have had a chance to know him. And the most important thing he left to us is time. The one he managed to capture and pass on to us.
Photos by Evgeny Kashirin. Text is written by Sergei Sokolov.
Translated by O. Karpunenkova.
The photo-report courtesy of the Russian Orthodox journal Thomas.