Oleg Klimov: Letters to Myself

History Society & Culture
Soviet Union
Masha Novikova
IKON Television and Zeppers Film
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For twelve years, war photographer Oleg Klimov has documented the disintegration of the Soviet Union. He was present at almost all conflicts and ethnic tensions in the 90s. His photographs appeared on the front pages of many Western newspapers as silent witnesses of the war in the former Soviet Union.

But Oleg’s career as a photographer has also had a personal effect on him. After years without problems, he unexpectedly faces a war trauma. Longing for inner peace Oleg returns to some of the areas where he has photographed in wartime: Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and Chechnya. In addition to Oleg’s memories other realities arise: those of the people he then photographed.