- “I see my mother as a genius,” explained Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan, “but she never saw herself as one."
Most people end up with a massive pile of junk after cleaning out mom or dad’s attic. This woman uncovered thousands of intimate photos that her mother kept from the world.
The world will finally get to see her work.
“Russian artist and theater critic Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) lived a secret life as a photographer, taking over 30,000 photographs in her lifetime without ever showing a soul. It wasn’t until years after her death in 2000 that her daughter Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan stumbled upon her vast collection of negatives while cleaning out the attic. The photographs showcase an astounding look into the inner world of Ivashintsova, while also providing a glimpse of everyday life in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) from the 1960-1999.”
Here are just a couple of the amazing photos.