Igor Moukhin

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Igor Moukhin
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Born Igor Vladimirovich Moukhin
(1961-11-19) November 19, 1961 (age 52)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Known for Photography

Igor Vladimirovich Moukhin (Russian: И́горь Влади́мирович Му́хин; born 19 November 1961), is a Soviet and Russian photographer.


After graduating from college, Moukhin worked in a project institute. From 1985 to 1986 he attended classes at the studio of prominent Moscow photographer Alexander Lapin. He later spent several years working with samizdat rock musicians.

In 1987, Moukhin had his first personal exhibition at the Moscow State University. Since 1989 he has been working as an independent photographer.

Moukhin is known for his photographs of Soviet rock musicians of the perestroika period, including Viktor Tsoi, Boris Grebenshikov and Petr Mamonov. His projects have included The Soviet Monuments, The Soviet Bench, Fragments of Evident Propaganda, The Soviet Children's Playgrounds, Night Moscow, Girls, Moscow in Winter: Heavy Breath of Winter and The Province. The Nizhniy Novgorod vacation. Some of the photographs from these projects were shown at the Tretyakov gallery and La Maison Rouge in Paris in 2007. In the mid-1990s, Moukhin worked on documentary projects about Moscow and provincial Russia.

In 1996, he was a guest speaker at the international festival InterFoto in Moscow. In 1999, Moukhin received a grant from the Paris Mayor’s office to work on a project titled “Lovers in Paris” sponsored by F.N.A.C. (Fonds national d'art contemporain) and the French Committee to commemorate the year 2000.

Mukhin usually uses rangefinder cameras including the Leica M6 and black and white film.

His work has been published in many Russian magazines and in foreign editions such as Rolling Stone, GEO, Elle, Vogue, Le Monde, Libération, Esquire, and Time among others.


  • 1998 Igor Moukhin «Avoir 20 ans a Moscou»'. Texte de G.Saffrais, Editions Alternatives, Paris ISBN 2-86227-170-5 [1]
  • 2000 «Igor Moukhine», Texte de Olga Sviblova, Carre Noir, Paris/Moscow House of Photography, Moscow
  • 2004 Igor Moukhin «Wien Вена Vienna». Text by Peter Weiermair, Константин Бохоров. Вена, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
  • 2004 «Igor Moukhin». Text by A. D. Coleman. Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA [2]
  • 2005 Igor Moukhin, «Born in the SSSR», text by Ekaterina Degot and Steve Yates, Publisher: L. Gusev, Moscow
  • 2012 Igor Moukhin, «My Moscow». Schilt Publishing, 2012. / Igor Mukhin. «Mein Moskau: Fotografien 1985-2010». Benteli Verlags AG, Bern 2012, ISBN 978-3-7165-1722-2.[3]
  • 2012: «Igor Moukhin. Photographies 1987 - 2011». Text by Christian Gattinoni, Bahia Allouache, Éditions Loco, Paris 2012. ISBN 978-919507-12-2

Selected personal exhibitions[edit]

  • 1995 «Vision of Russia». Naarden Fotofestival, Grote Kerk, Naarden, Netherlands
  • 1996 «Life in the City». Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
  • 1997 «Soviet Epoch: Benches and Monuments». Photohouse, Riga, Latvia
  • 1998 «Moscou la Jenne». Bibliothèque Elsa-Triolet, Pantin, France
  • 1999 «Igor Moukhin». Galerie Carre Noir, Paris, France
  • 2000 «La jeunesse a Paris». (Mois de la photo a Paris 2000), Galerie Carre Noir, Paris.
  • 2001 «Москва Light». Moscow
  • 2002 «Moscow». International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
  • 2002 «Moscou — Paris». Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russian Museum (2003)
  • 2003 «Moskauer Jugent im 3. Jahrtausent». Moskauer Tage in Berlin, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin
  • 2003 «Contemporary Moscow Photography». Anahita Gallery, Santa Fe, USA [4]
  • 2003 «Wien — Moscow». Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
  • 2004 «I.Moukhin. Contemporary Russian Photography». The Camera Obskura Gallery, Denver, USA
  • 2004 «I.Moukhin: Visions of Contemporary Russia». Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
  • 2004 «Generation next». Auditorium parco della musica. Festival Russo, Rome
  • 2008 «Igor Moukhin», Stockholm International Fairs, Sweden
  • 2008 «Igor Moukhin», CM ART, Paris
  • 2012 «La mia Mosca». Festival Fotografia Europea 2012. San Pietro Cloisters. Reggio Emilia, Italy.
  • 2013 Rétrospective «La Russie d'Igor Moukhin, photographies de 1987 à 2012». Grand Réservoir de L’Hôpital de Bicêtre, Le Kremlin-Bicètre. Festival RussenKo 2013, France.

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1991 «Changing Reality». The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D. C
  • 1997 «From the collection». Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris
  • 1998 «Photography from the collection». The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1999 «After the wall». Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Ludwig Museum, Budapest; National Galleries im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
  • 2002 «Давай! Russian Art now». Postfuhramt, Berlin; travelling MAK, Wien [5]
  • 2002 «Idea Photographic: After Modernism». New Mexico Museum of Art, New Mexico [6]
  • 2007 «Sots Art. Political Art in Russia from 1972 to today». Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, La Maison Rouge, Paris [7]
  • 2010 «The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today». Museum of Modern Art [8]
  • 2010 «Photographie de la nouvelle Russie 1990-2010». Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris 2010 [9]


  • «PRIVATE - International review of photographs» #35 (winter 2006-07) Italy [10]
  • «Young at Heart» Alexander Osipovich «The Moscow Times», August 19, 2005
  • «I.Moukhin». B. Text by A. D. Coleman. Hatton Gallery, CSU, Fort Collins, 2005 [11]
  • Teri Thomson Randall. «Photos from Moscow Igor Moukhin». «Pasatiempo. The New Mexicans Weekly Magazine of Arts», April 18–24, 2003 г. p. 46-47
  • Matthias Echterhagen. «Zwischen Hast und Stillstand». газета «Die Tageszeitung» 09.07.2003
  • Olga Gourko. «The Desire to be Seen». «Aperture». USA, 2002, № 167, p. 68–69
  • Michel Guerrin. «Portraits de villes, portraits de soi». «Le Monde». 1999, 1 Mars
  • «Russia in Focus» Howie Movshovitz,«The Denver Post» August 11, 1997
  • Art Journal, 1994 Vol. 53 #2 USA
  • «Spring Benches at the XL Gallery» Olga Listsova. «The Moscow Tribune» 1994


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