Artist’s Statement

In the mid-1980s during my university years when I lived in Moscow, Russia I was shooting black-and-white film with a toy LOMO camera. In the 2000s I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and what began as the series, “Strangers in Moscow” three decades ago emerged into separate ongoing projects. I compile many of these images into books. I take pictures of almost everyone that catches my eye, though I don’t make portraits of every stranger passing me on the street. In most cases people in my pictures are unaware they’ve been photographed. I see it as an honest, visual chronicle of people around me. People in San Francisco look different than passersby in Moscow, London, or Barcelona. As a photographer I like and feel important documenting the place and time I live in. I photograph the streets around me thinking of how we will look back on the present years from now.