Irina Rozovsky is a photographer who was born in Moscow, Russia but grew up in the U.S. She has gone to many places around the world and has been inspired by the people who lsurround her. Irina stated that she looks in every crevice and place she goes to and finds meaning about things that usually slip under the radar. She also likes to making serious work with minimal means, for example, using her iPhone.
In her first book she made called “My mother and other things from the sky”, the title intrigued me and when I learned that its meaning was both personal to our own mothers and also broader in the sense that a mother is an earthly being it gave a stinger meaning to me. The name itself told a story along with the everyday people and things that she took photos of, including her own mother.
In her work “One to Nothing”, Irina took photos from a point of view that doesn’t take sides due to Israels’ political and social struggles. Her photos reveal how people live their every days lives and takes a look at the landscapes of Israel from a unique compositional structure. This book is my favorite because Irina found a new perspective to take on Israel besides its political hardships and made meaning out of the little things that this place has. One photo that caught my attention most in the book was of a couple standing in the street giving each other a strong embrace. This photo showed great emotion from these two people and left me wanting to know more about the people in the photo, which is something that Irina strives for. She states that she “likes the disturbing quality that hinders our ability to read a photograph”. Her photos give us the opportunity to inquiry and make our own stories from the photo.
Irina also made a video called “Who is He?”. This video showed the difference from one generation to the next using a a Russain musician that was so important to people decades earlier, but the now generation didn’t know who we was. This man reminded the older generation of when they were young and the influence he had on them. Irina again chose everyday people to ask on the streets.
Irina inspired me to look at the little things in life and make meaning out them.