He works with soviet film cameras and also enjoys working with traditional printing techniques, silkscreen and gelatin silver process. “I wish to create images that are sincere, vivid and powerful.” Based on these three elements, Karpov photographs all kind of subjects, street, documentary, or simply some moments which are special to him. His passion can be traced back to when he received his first camera when he was just fourteen years old. The camera in question, a Kiev 19, provoked a curiosity and enthusiam that has not faded to this day. His, photography isn’t only a medium for creating pictures, but also a method to communicate with people and the world. His work has been shown in a number of galleries.
My images exploit the tension between chaos and order. In the complex real world, visual chaos is everywhere. Sometimes, within the photographic frame, order can be attained. Much of my work could be characterized as being a blend of street photography and reportage. Having been a professional photojournalist for more than 14 years, I have used photography not only to think critically about the world around me but also to give voice to people who otherwise wouldn’t have one. I am keenly interested in the different ways in which people find meaning in their lives, how an individual explores his or her existence through philosophy, religion or tradition. I believe that human forms are as engaging and mysterious as the lives they lead. Each image is made with reverence for the subject. I want a person to feel at ease with me so that they remain themselves and are unchanged by a new or foreign element such as a stranger (myself) or a camera. In order for me to photograph a person in the unaffected environment of self there must be a trust between us. Without this, a stirring image cannot be created. Photography is more than art; it is knowledge. In my genre of photography, I rely on my intuition and sensitivity coupled with my usage of the camera as a means to document lives, and preserve moments of intense emotion and dignity. I aim to enhance my viewers’ awareness and engage them in a visual journey that is also a questioning of our existence. I want to welcome them into the exploration of our mysterious existence with a spirit of importance
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