Alexander Gronsky

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, February 1, 2010

I happily stumbled across Estonian photographer Alexander Gronsky's work last night and was so moved by his work that I browsed his website and Flickr sets into the early hours (feeling slightly like an internet stalker in the process). It's just wonderful stuff. Sharing this find with a friend today, he commented "it's the sort of work that makes you half sick with envy and half wanting to rush out into the street with your camera".

Moscow, 2009, Alexander Gronsky’s “Pastoral”

Moscow, 2009, Alexander Gronsky’s “Pastoral”

Moscow, 2009, Alexander Gronsky’s “Pastoral”

Unsurprisingly he's an award winner, represented by the agency and most recently swooping the Aperture Portfolio Prize and Linhof Young Photographer Award. He's based in Moscow and his work seems concerned with outermost regions.... border country and the fragile blur between population density and wilderness. Oh, and for the geeks (me included) he shoots 6x7 medium format ( told you I was stalking).

Oddly, his work reminds me of Pieter Bruegel, there's a painterly quality in his skeletal landscapes, and the same figurative scale and colour palette.

Pieter Bruegel the elder, Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, 1565


  1. red-handed Says:
  2. Isn't winter the boss when it comes to photographs that quietly despair?

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. Hi - Came by via Daisymay-dayz competition. I love the photos. I came across these the other night which are very similar.

    The last painting that you show I have that as a jigsaw!

    By the way - just adore your bags.

  5. Many thanks for these links, I'm going to check them out now!

  6. Melissa Says:
  7. Hi, nise blog! re Gronsky where did you read that he used 6x7? id love to konw for sure, i was convinced it was 8x10!! cant find any interviews with him : (