James Hill : Somewhere between war and peace – The Eye of Photography

The moments of violence hardened me without my realizing, returning me a stranger to those that I loved. I could still marvel at the infinite whiteness of the Arctic or the golden warmth of an Italian afternoon, but in my dreams, again and again, I would find myself being pulled to an edge beyond which there was nothing. I would fall and fall before waking in my bed or sleeping bag, soaked in sweat and startled to be alive. 

For Russians, an Old Victory Lives On

At first, some of the Russian veterans of World War II portrayed by James Hill look too small and frail to bear the weight of all those medals arrayed over their breasts.

On Victory Day, celebrated May 9 each year, many veterans gather at Gorky Park in Moscow. James Hill, a contract photographer for The New York Times in Russia, attended the gathering in 2006, set up a canvas background and took portraits in this impromptu studio of field nurses, snipers, anti-aircraft gunners, wireless operators and partisans.

Photographer's Journal: Russia: The Land

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Far from the Kremlin and its rising military and economic ambitions lie remnants of a seemingly eternal, agrarian Russia. James Hill was there with his camera.

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First at Chernobyl, Burning Still

From the New York Times, photographer James Hill’s photo essay:

“What they described in newspapers and magazines — it was all rubbish,” said Anatoly Rasskazov, the station photographer who was there that day.

“The ruins that I photographed from the ground and the upper part were retouched so it couldn’t be seen that there was a ray coming from there, that everything was glowing,” he said. “Just a ruin. So as not to get the public up in arms.”

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