Jon Crispin's Notebook

American Demographics / Hope and Feathers Exhibit (Image #6)

Posted in Jon Crispin, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 21/08/2018


I was in the Soviet Union in 1982 for a few weeks.  It was an interesting trip.  I’m pretty sure this was taken at The Hermitage in Leningrad (I’ll know for sure when I get to this trip in my contact sheets).  I remember being shocked at how the art was presented.  Big windows with non UV coated glass and flourescent lighting.

My friend Ren is reflected in the glass on the right.  The two women in the center are Americans and I’m pretty sure to woman on the right was our Soviet minder.

The press release for the Hope and Feathers exhibit went out yesterday.  It is so exciting for me to see these photos after so many years in an archival box in my studio.  Thanks again to Robby Aceto for the beautiful hand coloring.

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  1. Christine Brigham said, on 21/08/2018 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Jon
    Such a cool photo and an exciting project. Did you read A Gentleman in Moscow? Think it took place in the Hermitage. I was there in Moscow in ‘78 I think…

    • joncrispin said, on 30/08/2018 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Chris, Cristine recently finished A Gentleman in Moscow and absolutely loved it. I’ll def get to it soon. Be well, J

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