Photographer Misha Burlatsky Uses 1851 Technology to Capture Portraits on Glass
Born into a family of an opera singer in Moscow in 1958, Misha Burlatsky embarked on a diverse life journey.
His path led him to Gorky in 1961, where he would spend most of his life. Throughout his years, Burlatsky embraced a multitude of roles, including military service, watchman, mechanic, graphic designer, university student, poet, and advertising video director on TV. Yet, amidst these varied experiences, his unwavering passion for photography remained a constant thread.
In 2009, Burlatsky delved deep into the mastery of the wet collodion process. By 2010, he made a significant move from Moscow to St. Petersburg, where he established his own private sanctuary, known as the “Photoroom on Pestel 13.” Self-identifying as a domestic sphere worker, Burlatsky’s space is welcoming to all who seek to create artistic portraits. What sets the Photo Cabinet on Pestel 13 apart from conventional photo studios is the theatrical nature of the process.
Within these walls, the model actively participates in every stage of the photographic journey. They witness the creation of the negative and, after the shoot, the emergence of the image in a darkroom. Burlatsky employs large-format photographic equipment and antique optics, infusing his work with a timeless and captivating dimension, making his artistic pursuits truly extraordinary.