VADIM HIPPENREATER – PHOTO EET AND FOUNDATION OF THE RUSSIAN SCENERY OF PHOTO ART
The famous Soviet and Russian photographer Vadim Gippenreiter was an extraordinary and multifaceted personality. The talent for photography and the ability to create beautiful pictures were combined with his exceptional skiing abilities. Photography and skiing – two things that accompanied Vadim Hippenreiter throughout his life.
Vadim Gippenreiter (Vadim Gippenreiter) was born in 1917 in Moscow. He died in 2016 in the same place, just a little bit before reaching his centenary.
The years of Vadim’s youth are associated with a serious hobby for alpine skiing. The young athlete managed to achieve amazing results. At the age of twenty, Gippenreiter has already become the slalom champion of the Soviet Union.
The love of sport did not prevent Vadim from his teens to be interested in photography. As a boy, he successfully mastered the camera in a wooden case. The pictures were taken on special glass plates.
After the Great Patriotic War, Vadim studied at the Surikov Moscow Art Institute – chose sculpture as a specialization. Graduation coincided with the beginning of a serious photography at a professional level.
First, Gippenreiter worked in the genre of sports photos. He filmed the competition, but soon switched to landscape photography. It was then that began his career and cooperation with the largest editions of the country.
Vadim Gippenreiter is known, first of all, as a talented landscape photographer. The beauty of nature fascinated him, he sought to capture this power and natural power on the film. Gippenreiter is absolutely deservedly considered one of the founders of the Russian landscape photo art, because before Vadim Evgenievich in this genre no one created such talented and strong works.
Love to ski manifested in the work of the photographer. Many of his photographs depict mountain ranges and ridges. Hundreds of photographs were taken in Kamchatka. This harsh, but extremely picturesque region, literally fascinated Gippenreiter. Due to this, beautiful pictures appeared, full of peace and vitality of nature. They deservedly entered the gold fund of not only domestic, but also world photography.
One of the most famous works of Vadim Gippenreiter captured at the same time a beautiful and terrible sight – the eruption of a powerful Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka. Photo taken in 1975. It was he who made Vadim Evgenievich a truly legendary photographer, who received fame and universal recognition.
The works of Vadim Hippenreiter attract not only monumental landscapes, but also striking colors.
Features of the creative technique
A surprising fact is that all his life the photographer has not parted with an old camera in a wooden case, which he inherited as a child. Vadim managed to improve its design, comprehended all the subtleties of tuning and repeatedly noted that this rare camera would give a head start to any modern camera, you just need to know how to handle it correctly.
In his numerous interviews, Vadim Gippenreiter said that landscape photographs are subjective. They bear the imprint of the author’s attitude to the surrounding reality. Therefore, Vadim Evgenievich was shooting only what resonated in his heart. Probably due to this approach, his photos turned out to be truly deep, emotional.
Pictures do not leave anyone indifferent – neither demanding critics, nor casual viewers. Vadim Hippenreiter’s photographs are a hymn to the grandeur and beauty of nature, its versatility and unity.
Over the decades of creative activity, Vadim Gippenreiter has managed to create a huge archive of his photographs, which has more than fifty thousand photographs. Repeatedly held exhibitions of the photographer, who enjoyed the same success both in Russia and abroad.