Alexander Tyagny – Ryadno

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.

“Once, a very long time ago, the infinite space of our universe was delineated by boundaries. Then came planets with their own boundaries; some were encircled by an atmospheric membrane. Life was born in the ocean, then transcended the boundary between water and earth and stepped onto the ground; finally it flew into the air, having transcended the boundary between earth and sky.

The evolving animals immediately started dividing territories and delineating their own habitats. Primeval people defined their territories with natural boundaries of mountains, rivers and caves; very soon they were waging wars to expand their possessions. Then they learned to build artificial boundaries: walls, fences, moats, grates, checkpoints, visas, customs, religions, embargos, sanctions.

With the evolution of civilisation, the tendency to destroy seemingly indestructible boundaries has been growing. The borders become increasingly transparent, with the invention of first talcum and then glass. Development of transportation erases temporary boundaries between countries and continents. All other borders will disappear when reason prevails.

In the meantime, the boundaries remain semi-transparent, and through these semi-transparent boundaries we see people on the other side as well as ourselves next to them. Great Walls of China, Iron Curtains, Berlin Walls: all crumble. In spite of relapses, humankind believes that this process is irreversible.

My project explores this process through photography’s plastic means. We are all on one plane in reflections that are so far visible only through the art of photography, even though we are on different sides of borders dividing states and continents, mountains and oceans. Our earth is infinitely small within the boundaries of the universe. There are few of us and we are together. And if so far this is not exactly so, this is how it should and certainly shall be”.

Alexander Tyagny-Ryadno