Boris Mikhailov was born in Ukraine in 1938. His challenging and provocative photographs document human casualties in post-communist Eastern Europe after the demise of the Soviet Union.
Since the mid 1960s, Boris Mikhailov has explored photography’s full range of possibilities and produced an uncompromising yet ironically humorous portrait of his close surroundings. His tireless investigations into photographic techniques and stylistic means, as well as his frequent alternation between conceptual and documentary work have contributed to his position as one of the most influential photographers living today.
Mikhailov is the recipient of the 2015 Goslar Kaiserring Prize, the 2012 Spectrum International Prize for photography, the Citibank 2001 Photography Prize. He has had exhibitions at major art institutions in Europe and in the United States: Tate Modern (2016); Museo MADRE, Naples; Camera, Italian Centre for Photography, Turin (2015); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2013); Berlinische Galerie (2012); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); and Kunsthalle Wien (2010). Mikhailov's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Foto Museum Winterthur; Kunstmuseum Basel; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Sprengel Museum, Hanover; Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Albertina Museum, Vienna.
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