Through the Lens:
A Gallery of Artem Nazarov's Photos
Atlanta, GA \ website
Artem Nazarov grew up in a western Russia town in a town of about a half million people called Penza. He came to the United States in 2003, and in 2008 moved to Atlanta to study photography. The field came to him naturally.
“My father is a photographer, I was always surrounded by cameras and the darkroom,” he says. “You could say that having this kind of experience at such a young age greatly impacted my curiosity, love and ultimate pursuit in professional photography. However, the presence of such opportunities in my youth were not factors in my adoption of the art. In fact, this realization occurred while on a road trip to India. I was so visually taken by my surroundings, and those feelings which were otherwise indescribable. There was nothing left to do but to shoot and hope that I could capture such sensory-driven emotions in a single moment.”
As we mentioned earlier, Nazarov is now shooting Berber communities in the Sahara Desert of Morocco. But his work in this gallery also covers a wide variety of photography from other locales, including work from China and from a recent project for the Southern Center for Human Rights. “The project involved photographing and interviewing former death row inmates and family members of those killed in prison,” Nazarov says. “It was a sad but meaningful story.”
Shooting the ladies of the Clermont Lounge, though, was a far more joyful experience for Nazarov. “It was the most incredible experience,” he says. “Truth be told, some of the best moments were spent in the dressing room hanging with the girls, having laughs and cigarettes and chatting about life. Listening to these women divulge their life stories was truly remarkable and inspiring. I return to Atlanta in October and am looking forward to hitting the Clermont again. It’s definitely my kind of place.”
It’s our kind of place, too, Artem. And we thank you for your beautiful work there.