It comes as no surprise that Shostakovich forms the aural backdrop to many of Titarenko’s photographs. Just as Shostakovich played with ambiguity, tonality and sharp contrasts, so too Titarenko’s images beg to be noticed, highlighting the edges and dark corners of visual experience.
Perhaps his best-known work relates to St Petersburg, but it is his more recent work about New York that best showcases his range of darkroom and in-camera techniques. Long exposures, camera movement, selenium, sepia and gold toning, solarisation, bleaching – all come into play as Titarenko edges towards the limits of silver gelatin possibility.
Very interesting work….