Born in 1967 at a closed City of Arzamas-16 (now Sarov). Just after finishing of secondary school begin to work at VNIIEF (now – Russian Federal Nuclear Centre) as a photolaboratory assistant. At the same time studied at Leningrad Motion Picture engineers Institute at the ‘Cinema equipment’ department. After finishing Institute started photojournalist carreer as a stuff photographer in the first local newspaper, authorized for free publishing at closed City. In 1995 Roman became ITAR-TASS photo agency stringer, and in 1997 moved toNizhny Novgorod. Worked as a stuff photographer in ‘Nizhny Novgorod worker’ and ‘Kommersant’ newspapers. A member of Russian Journalist trade union.
In 2005 Russian State Museum of Photography in Nizhny Novgorod made Yarovitcin’s personal exhibition ‘Obraz.jpg’. In 2007 Yarovitcin entered to pool of ‘Iskra’ National award winners in press. Next important exhibition ‘Unofficial faces’ was made in collaboration with Nikolay Tsyganov – the second stuff photographer at local ‘Kommersant’ photoservice. Personal exhibition ‘Forgotten negatives’ was made in 2010 including photographs of daily life at Nizhny Novgorod City during economic reform period of early 90th. Roman took part in ‘Reflection’ photoalbum creating. Two own photoalbums ‘At the edge of centuries’ and ‘The City That Does Not Exist’ published at Web-service Blurb.com. The first of them awarded of Nizhny Novgorod City Prize.
Yarovitcin’s images were published in different Russian and foreign newspapers and magazines. His photos appeared at online editions of ‘Photo ITAR-TASS’, AFP, ‘PhotoXpress’ and ‘PhotoBank’ photo agencies. From Federal Russian newspapers most important publishing were at ‘Comsomol Truth’, ‘Izvestia’, ‘AiF’ and many another. Roman made reports for magazines ‘Ogonyok’, ‘Vlast’, “Money’ and “Auto-Review’.
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At the edge of centuries
Why, you may be asking, are all of the photographs in this album black and white? Because color film was still exotic for most Russian photographers in the nineties. It appeared in soviet shops right after Perestroika began, but it was very expensive. All of these photographs were taken with Russian b&w film A-2 — a favourite of photojournalists.
The author – Roman Yarovitsin – has been working as a multi-newspaper photographer for 20 years. As it so happened, the decade he made pictures for the “Nizhny Novgorod Worker” newspaper turned out to be the most interesting time in the history of “Russia’s purse.» This nickname was given to Nizhny Novgorod because its fair was the biggest goods exchange due to its being built on the confluence of two great rivers.
Gorbachev’s Perestroika called Nizhny Novgorod “the capital of reforms”, as the youngest and most high-flying governor, Boris Nemtsov, worked there. Due to his efforts, the city shot out of anonymity after half a century of secrecy. This book mirrors the city's renaissance by common examples of life in Nizhny Novgorod.
Now Roman shooting frequently, watching for modern Russia's life. There are some special pictures, overseen by him in daily life. This book is an experiment of unprejudicable view.
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