In 2016, Russian photographer Igor Palmin transferred to Garage over 170 photographic negatives that captured the life of Soviet nonconformist artists from the 1960s through the 1980s. These include portraits of artists at work (Erik Bulatov, Anatoly Zverev, Vladimir Weisberg, Yury Zlotnikov, Evgeny Rukhin, Vladimir Yankilevsky, and others); documentation of artists’ gatherings at the homes of George Costakis, Alexander Glezer, Lydia Masterkova, Vladimir Nemukhin, Nikolai Vechtomov, and Vladimir Yankilevsky; and installations shots of exhibitions, including those at Izmailovo Park (1974) and the Beekeeping Pavilion at VDNKh (1975). In the same year, Palmin also transferred over forty rare posters of exhibitions that took place in Russia and abroad from 1976 to 2005.
Igor Palmin (b. 1933, Volgograd) is a photographer. Having graduated in Geology from Voronezh State University in 1955, he then studied cinematography at Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow from 1958 to 1964. After meeting artists Ernst Neizvestny, Vladimir Nemukhin, and Oskar Rabin, he became interested in photography, which would become his profession. Since 1971 he has worked with numerous publishers, including Iskusstvo, Sovetskii khudozhnik, Sovetskii pisatel’, as well as many art magazines. He is a recipient of the Russian State Prize for Literature and Art (2001).