b. Moscow, 1945. Alexander Lapin lives and works in Moscow, where he teaches the history of photography. He has been a member of the Board for State Awards in Art under the President of Russia since 1992.
Lapin’s photography of ordinary lives has a formal but still emotive, documentary quality. He can take very elegant photographs of abstracted line and volume, but he has also done a wonderful series of the other kind of lines – the human kind where people are waiting – or moving very slowly as fast as they can. He is funny too – he says of his photographic series Love in Moscow, "They don’t just kiss in Paris!" Lapin’s lovers are not fashionable or even attractive, but they are lovers nonetheless. This photographer’s decisive moments belong to the people in his photographs.