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The First Photo Report about Sholokhov

A unique collection of 38 photographs of M.A. Sholokhov made in the 30-s by a press-photographer Viktor Tyomin for the newspaper “Pravda” is kept in the holding of the M.A. Sholokhov Museum-Reserve.

Viktor Tyomin was the first photographer to come to a distant place of Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya from Moscow to make a photo report about M.A. Sholokhov and to show the writer’s life in the stanitsa to the country.

The photos show the writer in his study, on the balcony of his house, with his friends – Vasiliy Kudashev and Yuriy Lukin, who came from Moscow for hunting. We can also see the streets of Stanitsa Vyoshenskaya, a house with a mezzanine, where the writer and his family had just moved into, and which he loved so much.

…A high forehead framed with a light brown hair, open steady look, sharply outlined lips touched with a smile, – such was the writer seen by Viktor Tyomin in those remote 1930-s. Owing to his photos this look of M.A. Sholokhov will remain for further generations.

Tyomin took pictures of Sholokhov in 1934, 1935, 1936. These photos are valuable and particularly interesting, as at that time M.A. Sholokhov worked over his immortal epic “And Quiet Flows the Don”. The book had already won the love and recognition of the readers in the native country and abroad, newspapers and journals published Sholokhov’s stories, chapters from his novels. Sholokhov was young, strong, full of energy.

The photos of Viktor Antonovich are well-known, they were frequently published in different editions devoted to the life and art of Mikhail Sholokhov.

Viktor Antonovich Tyomin is known to be the best front press photographer who “drove away” a plane from marshal Zhukov to deliver a photo of “the thrown down” Reichstag to Moscow, the editorial board of the newspaper “Pravda”.

Tyomin chanced to take pictures of many important events which brought fame to our country: the first expedition to the North Pole, the epopee of saving the people of Cheluskin, the flights of Chkalov, Belyakov and Baidukov, the first flight of women-pilots in the plane “Rodina”, expeditions to the Arctic on board the ice-breakers of “Taimyr”, “Murmansk”, “Ermak”, “Sadko”. Later, on the cruiser “Missuri”, Viktor Antonovich fixed the event of signing the Act of Capitulation of Japan, made photo reports about the Nurnberg process.

Larisa Bukina