Eduard Korniyenko

Walls of Putin.
Location: Stavropol, Russia
Nationality: Russian
Biography: Born in Stavropol, Russia, in 1974. Eduard Korniyenko became a professional photographer in 2000. In 2002, he joined the Russian Union of Journalists. At present Korniyenko is a full-time photo-correspondent for regional news agency Pobeda26 and a... MORE
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Walls of Putin.
Copyright Eduard Korniyenko 2022
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Dec 2019
Topics Conceptual, Documentary, Illustrations, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Portraiture, Religion, Reporting
The tradition to place portraits of prominent leaders on the walls in Russia comes from the depths of the centuries. In the houses there was always a so-called red corner, in which Orthodox icons were placed. Along with them, there were charms, protecting the inhabitants from evil and misfortune. And it was an honour to put pictures of powerful leaders in that special corner.
In the 20th century, the portraits of the leaders of the Communist Party, headed by Vladimir Lenin replaced pictures of Tsars.
In modern Russia, portraits of Vladimir Putin took the place of ancient charms and they remind inhabitants of his role in politics and society. The President of Russia has become a part of the personal life of Russians - their new unifying image.