Leica M-Monochrom

Photographer Jacob Aue Sobol captures an emotional trip through Russia in black and white

by Warren Rubin For the release of the newest Leica M-System camera, the black-and-white only M-Monochrom, Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol journeyed across the Trans-Siberian Railway, stopping in Moscow, Ulan Bataar and Beijing with the camera and a 50 mm APO-Summicron-M lens. The Leica M-Monochrom is the first 35mm-format commercial digital camera built exclusively for black-and-white photography. With a design based on the M9 and …

Anonymous Matriochkas Dolls

$220 width=”300″ height=”316″ class=”none” /> $220 Anonymous Matriochkas Dolls Handmade in Russia, these fine Matriochkas by Maison Martin Margiela–in collaboration with L’Atelier de Exercices–put a minimalist spin on the country’s traditional nesting dolls. The sleek, blank wood gives timeless folk art a modern feel without sacrificing any sweetness. Dimensions: 4″x8″ Available from NET-A-PORTER for $205. width=”300″ height=”316″ class=”none” /> Anonymous Matriochkas Dolls Handmade in Russia, …

Russian Criminal Tattoos

Some of the Soviet's toughest prison tattoos in a new London exhibit

A rare glimpse into the dark world of post-Soviet prison life, the London show “Russian Criminal Tattoos” features a series of photographs of prisoners and their artistic tattoos. From the cells of Russian prison settlements in far-off places with names like Nizhny Tagil, Perm and Chelyabinsk, many of the tattoos were forcibly (and disgustingly) removed by other inmates who disagreed with it or by authorities, …