From 27 November through 2 December, as part of the 3rd annual Russian Film Week in London, ROSPHOTO presents the exhibition “Samoel Katsev. True Lenfilm,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the titular film studios.

Samoel ‘Elik’ Katsev, artist and photographer, a brilliant master and a legend of the Lenfilm, is virtually unknown outside the studio. The exhibition aims to fill this gap by offering the viewer to get acquainted with Katsev through his works and discover the world of film production in the 1970s and 1980s Leningrad.

One can hardly imagine the 1970s and 1980s Lenfilm Studios without Katsev. He helped actors and directors create and develop desired characters, shot film scenes, and documented the production process on set. He contributed to the making of over fifty films. However, Katsev’s actual work was far beyond his job description. Not only did he shoot on set and by request of the department head, but also created hundreds of portraits of actors, directors, artists, and cinematographers. Now that the good old Lenfilm has ceased to exist, his photographs are truly priceless.

Opening night: 27 November, 18:00

Venue: Russian Culture House, 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED