Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy

Nude Male Holding Marble Sculpture - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
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Evgeny Mokhorev:

Capturing Life Through the Lens

 

of Emotion and Controversy

 

Evgeny Mokhorev:

Capturing Life Through the Lens

of Emotion and Controversy

 

History & Photos

Photographer: Evgeny Mokhorev

Born : 1967

Currently : St. Petersburg

Home : Leningrad

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In the world of photography, few artists have managed to evoke emotion and spark controversy quite like Russian photographer Evgeny Mokhorev. Born in 1967 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Mokhorev’s journey through life has been as captivating as his work. His raw, black and white images not only document the untold stories of St. Petersburg’s youth, but also provide a window into the resilience and vulnerability of his subjects.

Group of Boys in Bathing Suits with Woman Posed at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Muscular Male with Woman Posed at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW

As a young artist, Mokhorev studied at the Leningrad Public University of Society-related Professions, graduating in 1986. His photographic career began with an apprenticeship under the legendary Russian photographer, Alexander Kitaev. Under Kitaev’s guidance, Mokhorev honed his skills and developed his distinctive style. In the years that followed, he garnered recognition and accolades, cementing his place in the world of contemporary photography.

Boy holding art piece - Bathing Suit - at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Boy holding art piece - Bathing Suit - at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW

Mokhorev’s emotional photography, characterized by its stark contrasts and evocative compositions, has played a pivotal role in shaping the perception of the post-Soviet era. His images often depict the lives of marginalized youth, highlighting the inherent contradictions and complexities of the rapidly changing world they inhabited. Through his camera, Mokhorev invited viewers to explore these uncharted territories, challenging conventional wisdom and provoking thought.

However, Mokhorev’s work has not been without controversy. His penchant for capturing the raw, sometimes uncomfortable reality of his subjects has drawn both admiration and criticism. Notably, his series “Children’s Games” and “Leningrad’s Youth” have faced scrutiny for their provocative portrayal of nudity and sensuality among minors. Despite the controversy, Mokhorev’s work continues to captivate audiences, demonstrating the enduring power of art to spark conversation and evoke emotion.

Nude Male with Woman Posed by Window - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Male Posed by Window - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW

Evgeny Mokhorev’s impact on the art world is undeniable. His work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions such as the State Russian Museum and the Moscow House of Photography. Moreover, his influence has inspired a new generation of photographers, eager to follow in his footsteps and continue the exploration of the human experience through the lens of emotion and controversy.

Youthful Male & Mature Woman - Hands - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Beautiful Boy - Side Profile - Hands - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW

In the end, the legacy of Evgeny Mokhorev is one of fearlessness, vulnerability, and truth-telling. His ability to capture the essence of humanity, even in the face of controversy, has cemented his place in the annals of photographic history. As the world continues to evolve, so too will the appreciation for Mokhorev’s work, which remains as relevant and powerful as ever.

Stature photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Muscular Male with Woman Posed at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Boy being Bathed by Mother in Bathtub - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Slender Nude Male Posed Outdoors - Sitting on Structure - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Boy holding creepy mask up to face - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Slender Male Posed Outdoors - Sitting in Tunnel - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Male with Woman Posed by Window - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Boy holding Head inside Bird Wings - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Boy with Mother at Lake - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Boy with Mother at Lake - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Boy with Mother at Lake - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Nude Boy wearing Fabric Headdress - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Asian Boys posed artistically - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Male Standing in front of Large Window - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Nude Male Posed Artistically Outdoors on Rocks - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Nude Male Posed Artistically Outdoors on Rocks - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Muscular Male with Woman Posed at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Nude Boy Posing with Leg Bent - Sitting on Structure - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Evgeny Mokhorev: Life Through the Lens of Emotion & Controversy
Muscular Male with Woman Posed at Beach - Photograph by Evgeny Mokhorev - BW

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