He was the fly on the wall inside the Kremlin, making candid portraits of Kruschev, Breshnev, and Kosygin. He photographed Van Cliburn on stage in Moscow the historic night he won the Tchaikovsky competition. John Steinbeck, Harrison Salisbury, Simone Signoret, the Pope – were all caught in his lens. And people no one has over heard of: Chinese peasants, American children, German tourists are held for us in time.
This is the work of renowned Russian photojournalist Leonid Bergoltsev.
It’s time to celebrate a quiet but significant presence in Spokane. Leonid captured an era in history during the golden age of 35mm film photography.
His work appeared in more than 300 exhibits worldwide, countless publications including LIFE magazine, and received numerous awards.
He was a lead photographer for Soviet Union magazine from 1958 to 1972 where he photographed everyone from factory workers, mothers, and children, to top politicians and artists of the era.
Leonid is an independent thinker and was “released” from the magazine for “suspicion”, but he pushed on to become head of the Moscow Association of Graphical Arts, and elected chairman of the Moscow Region of the Photographers Union of the USSR. Leonid immigrated to Spokane in 1996.
Don Hamilton and Lorna St. John of Hamilton Studio, and Bill and Kathy Kostelec of Cherry Street Studios, have come together to present a large exhibit of Leonid’s work – People Among People: Other Times, Other Places featuring over 100 black and white silver gelatin prints.
The exhibit will run the month of March with opening reception March 6- First Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm (gallery talk 7 pm) at Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave., Spokane. Come meet Leonid and join us in celebrating his rich contribution to photography and his passion for peace and the human spirit! PROMOTIONAL EVENT VIDEO LINK: https://wdrv.it/e8c523795