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Almaty
EXHIBITION-PHOTOREPORT OF VLADIMIR SEMCHUK 20 August 2002

  The last event of the OFEK-2002 in Almaty was Vladimir Semchuk's exhibition-photoreport. It was held in the show-room of Hesed Polina. The exhibition started with a welcoming speech of Rufa Boguslavskaya, the director of the Community center. The author was greeted by Alexander Baron, the President of "Mitsva" association, Natalya Dorman, the director of Hesed "Polina", Eugenia Karyakina, the director of the Republican Jewish Library. Many kind and warm words were said. Vladimir was embarrassed, though all that was said about him that evening was true.

  Vladimir Semchuk is a unique person. Firstly, he creates for the good of his soul, as well as all free artists do. Secondly, most of all events in Hesed Polina and "Rimon" community center have been photographed and shot by him. Thirdly, it is hard to get eyes away from his works, as if there is a small magnet in them. The most notable among his last pictures is the photo of the Chief Rabbi of Israel Bakshi Doron shaking hands with the Chief Mufti of Kazakhstan Abkattar Kazhi Derbisalli.

  Visitors were offered many works from the author's endless archive. The themes of Jews, the Tradition, the life of Jewish Diaspora in Kazakhstan penetrated all Semchuk's pictures. The most prominent were two stands of photos dedicated to the Community Festival of Jewish Book. A photographically exact history of the Festival-2002 stroke the visitors with its warmness and effulgence. Love for his people helped Vladimir to see and photograph the very soul of the holiday. The exhibition lasts till the middle of October, and Hesed Polina will be warmed by Vladimir Semchuk's photos for a long time.

Konstantin Surov

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