Personal work by Maxim Ivanov

Winners celebrates the winners of the All-Russian School Olympiad in Astronomy.

From Winners by Maxim Ivanov

Immediately after the results were announced, Ivanov used a flipped telescope with a film camera attached to its front lens to photograph the successful children. “I literally distanced those children from me, so that in the vastness of a 35mm film-frame they became lost minute spots,” he says. “After that I was looking for them on the negatives using a microscope and constantly documenting all my findings. And in those documents each winner appeared as an event of galactic scale.”

From Winners by Maxim Ivanov

The images shown here are just a small part of a bigger project that comprises a photobook, planetarium-like slide projections, and huge gelatine silver prints.

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