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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Mikhail Kudish

Dates:  1951 -
Born:  USSR, Kiev (now Ukraine)
Active:  USSR / Canada
Contemporary photographer.

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Key moments
1951 Born in Kiev, formerly USSR, presently Ukraine.
1952 First black and white pictures of me appear in the family album, taken, processed and printed by my father.
1958 or maybe in 1959 I receive my first camera as a gift from my parents, Russian made "Smena".
1959-1965 (ca) I learn the basics of photography from my father. All photography then was black and white, but everything we had to do ourselves: developing films, mixing chemicals, and printing pictures. Our lab was in the bathroom.
1965 I get a new camera: my father's "Zorkyi". Much later I discover that this camera was Soviet copy of Leica III. It was stolen from my dormitory room in Moscow in 1973.
1969 I move to Moscow to study electrical engineering.
1970-? I use my camera only very occasionally, taking pictures of my family and friends.
1981 After nearly two years of struggle with Soviet authorities I receive the permission to leave the Soviet Union, loose my Soviet citizenship and immigrate with my wife to Canada. In the last month of my life in Moscow I frantically print everything I could because my negatives are not permitted by Soviet authorities to leave the country. Now they are lost forever.
1998 Turning point: in March 1998 I buy for the first time "American Photo" and enroll in their first Mentor Series NYC Workshop. My first mentors were Sam Abell and Scott Thode. I will later travel with Scott in Maryland, Illinois and Turkey and my photographic work will be mentored by such wonderful photographers as Lou Jones, Stephen Brown, Joyce Tenneson, Jill Enfield, David Burnett and Stephen Wilkes and Mary Ellen Mark.
1998 My photograph, taken in Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls), is published for the first time in "American Photo".
1999 Selected by portfolio, I participate among 36 other photographers in photographic project "Destination Illinois" (published by American Photo).
2001 My picture wins Honorable Mention in ILFOPRO Phorographer's Association Photo Contest (Color Print Category)
2002 I am accepted in Eddie Adams Workshop, the dream of all aspiring photographers (especially when you are considered aspiring photographer at the age of 51). With the theme "New York: one year later" the workshop takes place on the anniversary of September 11. About 100 photographs are selected for the exhibition at Eddie's studio and here the history repeats. I come to the studio in the morning to help with the installation and use this chance to ask Eddie to pose me for the portrait… Eddie Adams was ones assigned to photograph Pope in Vatican. He was directed to the room where the photo session would take place. About half-hour later Pope walks in the room and asks Eddie Adams if he is ready. As Eddie confirms his readiness Pope tells him "you have 30 seconds"… Once all photographs were in place and exhibition setup was completed I have approached Eddie about his promise to pose for me. As I set up my Mamiya and direct Eddie Adams to the location he asks me if I am ready. As I confirm that photo session can start, Eddie tells me "you have 30 seconds"…
2007 Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 1st Place Public Choice Winners ("Performing Arts" category)
2007 Merit Award, “B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest”
2006 Lucie Awards, 1st and 2nd Prizes in Still Life Category
Solo exhibitions
2005 “Food for two”, Gallery “ART en majuscule”, Montreal
2004 “Les Hommages”, Gallery “ART en majuscule”, Montreal
Group exhibitions
2006 “Four”, “Contact” photography festival, Toronto (exhibition of 4 Russian Canadian photographers)
2006 “Reflection sur L’Harmonie des Cultures”, Montreal
2006 “Metamorphosis”, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 “ART-Index”, St. Petersburg, Russia
2004 “Nuits de Montreal”, Gallery “Blow Up”, Montreal
2004 “Le Cirque”, Gallery “ART en majuscule”, Montreal
2004 “Farewell Revolution”, Gallery “Blow Up”, Montreal
2002 “Russian eye”, London, ONT, Canada  
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