Alexander Tyagny-Ryadno was born in Moscow in 1956. After graduating from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1979, he worked for several years as an engineer; in 1984 he graduated from the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University and worked as a mass media photographer and photography editor. Now he is renowned for his colourful travel photographs. Travel photography became a trend after the Second World War. Many war photographers, shocked and wounded by all the grief and death they had seen, and disappointed in current political affairs, went off travelling the world in search of humanity and unity. Travel photography, once anthropological and imperial, became a post-war humanitarian project.

Tyagny – Ryadno has travelled widely in America, Greece, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, London, Geneva, Alushta, Moscow and as far as Yamal in Siberia in search of beautiful and geometric subjects. Here in our London ga llery we present his project ‘Colourophoria’. Most of Tyagny-Ryadno’s photographs were black and white until 2009, when he left his analogue camera at home and travelled to London to take only colour photographs. This was a turning point for him, as he realized t hat Henri Cartier-Bresson’s theory of ‘decisive moment’ does not apply to color photography; he had to find a new principle, a new language associated only with colour. His photographs have appeared in leading Russian and international magazines and news papers. He has published several photography books and catalogues, such as ‘Sviatoslav Fiodorov’, ‘Elena Obraztzova’, ‘Morning Islands’, ‘Norilsk’, ‘Pages in St Petersburg’, ‘Siberia Forever’, ‘Kogalym, Siberia Pearl’, Yaroslav, 1000 Years Old’, ‘Yamal, Po int of Growth’, ‘France, Magic Hexagon’, ‘Lessons of Russian Love’, ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’, ‘Hot Armenia’, ‘One Flew Over The Griffin’s Nest’, ‘Mexico, Postphotum’. Tyagny – Ryadno has had over 50 solo photography exhibitions internationally, in Azerbaijan , France, Italia, Russia, Spain, Israel, Ukraine and the UK. He is a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers, the Union of Journalists of Russia and the International Federation of Artists, UNESCO.

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