Summer Print (2019)

Every season, Rob Hornstra selects an image from his archive and makes it available as an exclusive handmade C-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in). The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. This offer runs until 30 September 2019. Prints will be shipped in October 2019.

In 2004 I graduated with a book entitled ‘Communism & Cowgirls’. On the back of the book was this portrait of Nikolay Andreyevich Semilitov, which I made of him with my large-format camera while he patiently waited on the side of his bed. He lived in a small one-room apartment in Muslyumovo, one of the villages I visited in the region that had been severely affected by nuclear pollution.

Unlike many of his fellow villagers, the effects of radiation during his long life had little effect on his health.

One reason of the nuclear contamination is the dump of radioactive waste water between 1949 and 1956 into the Techa River that runs through Muslyumovo. A second reason is one of history’s worst obscure nuclear tragedies that took place in 1957. The Soviets initially released no details of what would become known as the Kyshtym disaster, named after the nearest town actually listed on the map.

From the proceeds of every print sold, I donate ten euros to WECF, who supports local activists and is committed to an equitable and sustainable future.

Title: Nikolay Semilitov, Muslyumovo, Russia, 2003
From the series: Communism & Cowgirls
Original: Large format 4 x 5” negative film
Print technique: Analogue handmade C-print
Paper size: 36 x 42 cm (14.2 x 16.5 in) / Image 30 x 36 cm

In addition to the purchase of the Summer Print 2019, you can choose to have the same work immediately framed. Please click here for more information.

Item Price Qty Total
Total () € 127.20