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Quote: “To cover models in light and shadow is not just an artistic process that a photographer uses for the sake of beauty but also a way to express the contrasts that cohabit in the human consciousness, the contrariety of a perfect woman’s image, the libido and the mortido.
George Mayer is a photographer and designer from Nizhny Tagil, a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers. The main style of his creative works is classic fashion previous-century in-studio portraits and nude photographs. His favorite photographers include Horst P. Horst, František Drtikol and Gregory Colbert.
Mayer is engaged in commercial, artistic and conceptual art projects at the same time, and his style is peculiar for the use of minimum tools to express maximum emotions. “Light. Shadow. Perfect woman” series of photographs brought him the first prize in the nomination “Portrait” among the professionals at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards international contest in 2017. In that cycle the photographer expressed the dualism of image through the correlation of light and shadow and the very notion of “perfect woman” became controversial. On the one hand, the image is monumental and complete, and on the other hand it is naked and vulnerable.
Mayer used a similar process with light and shadow in “Libido and mortido” project. Those are the two types of psychic energy that accompany people since their birth. Libido is the pursuance of creativity and arts or the desire to live. Mortido is the pursuance of death or eternal life without the body. However, libido and mortido represent rather the interpenetrating dialectical antipodes than a rivalry of antithesis. And a woman’s shape on the photographs is a symbol reflecting the human consciousness which is on the line between the concepts of creation and destruction (libido and mortido)...” >>>>
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Quote: «George Mayer Photographer Interview:
What other interests do you have outside of art?
After I graduated from college I took interest in studying architecture and design. My wife and I participated in international contests as interior designers and won a lot of them. We also worked with a group of artists and made video art, interior installations, art objects. I even composed music for the video art. But I think myself a professional only in design and photography.
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
In our city we nearly never can see lectures or masterclasses of famous artists. Usually I study on the internet. Now on Youtube you can see the whole series of ‘Contacts’ (1989-2008) and it is very convenient. I also like buying photobooks. Every photobook is a work of art itself. The easiest way to understand the author is through the books.
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? Nobody can forbid a person from thinking.
Define Media News’ Klassik International’ for the audience? Haute culture…» >>>>
TELEKON is a TV company (Russia), March 6, 2017
It is the oldest TV channel of the city of Nizhny Tagil, founded in 1989 (30 years ago). It is the first non-governmental TV company in Sverdlovsk Region of Russia.
city of Nizhny Tagil, 622000, Russia
Interview for “Vremya novostey. Mneniya” (News Time. Opinions) news show.
Interviewer: Aleksandr Martirosov, winner of “TEFI” award, the most prestigious journalism award in Russia. >>>>
Tagil TV is a TV company (Russia) October 6, 2015
It is the major TV channel of the city of Nizhny Tagil, founded in 1990. “Tagil-TV” started the broadcasting of its own 24-hour channel called “Tagil-TV 24” in 2015, for the first time in history of television in Nizhny Tagil.
city of Nizhny Tagil, 622034, Russia
“Zavsegda s narodom” (Always with the people) show
MEDIAMETRICS live radio (Russia) - July 13, 2013
Russian news aggregator, rating meter of websites and internet radios. It was founded in January 2014 by German Klimenko
Over 5 million people visit it every month
Page on the official website containing the announcement: https://radio.mediametrics.ru/dossier/9102/ >>>>
LINLINE (Russia) No 21 2017
LINLINE is a women’s magazine, it is published in Europe (Poland) and distributed in Russia and the countries of Europe. The print run of the magazine is 100,000 copies.
Editorial office: “Stolnik Media Grupp”
8d 8 Marta Street, office 18
city of Ekaterinburg, Russia
The magazine has placed the photograph on the cover and dedicated 6 lines of the issue to the interview with George.
Quote: “Since 2005 George Mayer
has been professionally engaging in photography and since 2008 he has been participating in renowned international photo contests such as Photography Masters Cup (USA), The Spider Awards (USA), National Portrait Gallery Awards (United Kingdom), Maestro Photo Contest (Russia). In 2011 Georgy arranged his first personal exhibition in Fotolia LAB gallery (Berlin, Germany). In 2012 he made the shortlist of Young Photographers of Russia contest, following which he became a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers. The same year he was nominated for the prize at Sony World photography Awards photo contest (the exhibition had been held in Somerset House, London, the United Kingdom). Thanks to his “Shadows” photo project he was given the title of “The CIS Photographer of the Year” at the International Photography Awards…”
fotoMAGAZIN (Germany) Nr. June 6, 2017
It is a monthly outlet with a print run of over 20,000 copies
FotoMAGAZIN is a magazine with the longest history, founded in 1949 (AWA 2017). Its total audience is 290,000 readers. 50 percent of the readers of fotoMAGAZIN are professionals who work in the area of photography and have influence in this sector.
The magazine has published the photograph in the center spread and placed a photograph on the cover.
Quote: «Portraitfotograf des Jahres:
George Mayer (Russische Föderation). Mayers sinnliche Portraitserie spielt am Körper der Models mit Licht und Schatten und den vielen Zwischentonen zwischen Schwarz und Weiß» >>>>
Normal is a high-end quarterly magazine devoted to art photography, focusing on fashion, body and artistic nude.
A subtle fusion between art-book and magazine, Normal reveals the intimacy of our generation’s greatest photographers and new talents through editorials, series, interviews and portfolios, mingling fashion and art in 300 pages. Over the years, the Normal team has built a strong relationship with today's most talented influencers. As a quality support for the arts, Normal is available through limited editions in bookshops, museums and specialized concept stores, France and Worldwide
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The magazine has dedicated 8 lines to the interview with George and placed his name on the cover
Quote: “Light. Shadows. Perfect woman. By arranging the delicate balance and correlation of darkness and light, the author reveals the evident monumentality and dualism of the images of perfect woman. In the space of the image the bright becomes flat and the dark becomes deep, thus highlighting all conventions and details. Such approach turns the geometry of light into a sculptural language. Hence, the concept of “perfection” in the photographs becomes contradictory to the concept of natural. These opposing concepts are at the heart of these works.
Georgy Mayer is a Russian photographer and designer. In 2004 he graduated magna cum laude from Ural College of Applied Arts, majoring in “Media Designer”. Until 2007 he worked as interior designer and then he participated in the international photographers contests and won the first prize of the Russian National Young Talents contest. In 2011 he arranged his first personal exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and launched out intensively in photography. He made a shot at fashion and nude and makes those captivating portraits of the play of light, shapes and curves. Afterwards, he collaborated with international modeling agencies and stylists. His works are regularly published in Russian and foreign fashion magazines.
“I like to experiment with light, but I prefer the black-and-white photography. It is my passion to work with the shadows! I adore the works by František Drtikol, Horst P. Horst, Robert Mapplethorpe. The nu photography has existed for almost 150 years. Photographers have always painted with shadows on the naked female body and I continue this tradition. As you can see, the classics are still relevant, and always will be!” >>>>
IMGISM magazine Nr 7. September 2019 (USA)
Imagism Magazine wants to give a platform to talented photographers, models, make up artists and stylists to showcase their work.
Quote: «In photography I am attracted by the essence of this process itself hidden in the name “PhotoGraphy"
It is on the border of shadow that the most interesting things happen. The naked woman’s figure in my creative projects is an invented character who I placed at the border of light and shadow and who has to balance in search of harmony Each portrait reflects a certain state of mind. I do not like inventing names for my works be cause I do not want my viewers to use their logic but I want them to feel the mood hidden in each picture. Over the past two years I have been working at commercial projects veiy seldom hut even in such projects I allow for experiments using various light and colour techniques and optical illusions. But the most important stage of the work takes place not in the studio but at the moment of working at the sketches. I see each of my shots in my imagination long before the picture gets into the matrix of the camera. And actually it is work at the sketches that is my favourite stage ofwork. And in the studio I do my best to repro duce the created image as precisely as possible. Of course not all models match this work. Only those who arc the most devot ed, patient and ready to suffer for art. They sit in complicated poses for6-8 hoursuntil we obtain the desired result. But when they sec themselves in the famous galleries or in magazines, they realize that their work is not for nothing.» >>>>
Russian branch of ELLE decoration international magazine
ELLE decoration - Elle is a worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health and entertainment. It was founded in 1945 by Hélène Gordon-Lazareff and her husband, the writer Pierre Lazareff. The title means "she" or "her" in French.
Quote: “VS Unio art gallery backed by Ekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art of hosts a unique experimental exhibition project called “Mayer VS Bryukhanov. Creativity as the light that went through a prism”. In the innovative space the works of photographer George Mayer from “Libido & Mortido” series and abstract pictures of artist Sergey Bryukhanov are present. For the first time the paintings and photographs can be seen in a direct interaction and dialogue: they are connected by an orange line made of words on the blue floor which leads a spectator from one artistic work to another. The exhibition started on February 19, and the gallery has arranged for a private viewing for friends and partners in the evening of February 18. The guests of the evening among which were famous artists, designers, businessmen and stars of show business could have personal informal conversations with the artists. They were particularly enchanted by a dynamic media installation with a real-life record of a steep rollercoaster filmed from a passenger’s place and create the full immersion into high-speed movement effect.” >>>>
MIR24 (World24) TV channel is an intergovernmental TV and radio company broadcasting in Russian. It was founded in 1992 by Agreement of the heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States members in order to cover the political, economical and humanitarian cooperation, form the common information area and promote the international information exchange. This TV and radio company is an international organization headquartered in Moscow and having national branches and representative offices in 9 countries. The broadcasting is performed in four time zones, in 23 states of the former Soviet Union and beyond.
Quote: “According to “MIR 24”, VS unio gallery hosts exhibition called ‘Mayer vs Bryukhanov’.
In his works, the artist Sergey Bryukhanov uses the language of avant-gardists and decomposes the vivid colors into halftones, the “spectra”. Beside them are the work of the young photographer George Mayer. Those are the black-and-white pictures made up of the play of light and shadow. It is an interesting thing that Mayer’s wife has been one of his models.
“One day Ravel said, “Why should the music exist if it is not beautiful?” I think that such vector of pursuit is what we have in common as two sculptural artists,” says Bryukhanov.
"The photographs presented at this exhibition have only two colors and several shades. Sergey has a more subtle view of the world, not as categorical as mine. He decomposes white color into spectra. It is the color of life. It is the color of action, and to see all of those spectra along with the photographs is to complement each other in an interesting way,” says Mayer.
VS unio gallery will host “Mayer vs Bryukhanov” exhibition until the end of April.” >>>>
Russian branch of Marie Claire magazine
Marie Claire- is an international monthly magazine first published in France in 1937, followed by the UK in 1941. Since then various editions are published in many countries and languages. The feature editions focuses on women around the world and several global issues. Marie Claire magazine also covers health, beauty, and fashion topics.
Quote: “Both artists pay a lot of attention to the colors. But each of them does it his own way. In his abstract paintings, Bryukhanov uses a rich palette of shades and textures, through which he reproduces the light (according to his theory, the color is the light that went through the prism of sensory perception). Georgy Mayer, in turn, sticks to the black and white color spectrum and gains inspiration in the play of light and shadow on a woman’s body.
Sergey Bryukhanov is a Russian abstract artist who works mainly with the oil painting using the collage technique. He is one of the artists whose creative works defined the artistic and aesthetic pursuits of the mid-to-late 20th century in Russia. His works are held in the leading museums of our country as well as in private collections in the USA and the countries of Europe.
Georgy Mayer is a photographer, designer, artist and a member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers. He is the winner of one of the most prestigious global photo contests (Sony World Photography Awards 2017) who developed his own style of studio photoshoot and won a name for himself in the artistic and fashion photography.” >>>>
“Argumenty i fakty” (Arguments and Facts) weekly newspaper is one of the most reputable and successful outlets in Russia, leader among the weekly social and political newspapers, its print run is 2.2 million copies, it has been published since January 1978. According to TNS Russia, “AiF” is the leader among the Russian weekly newspapers, the readership of one issue is 6,548,000 people. The six-months readership of the weekly newspapers is the largest among the Russian print media with 26,460,000 people which is almost a half of the adult population of Russia. The newspaper is distributed by subscription and by retail in 60 countries of the world including CIS countries and also in Europe, the USA, Australia, Israel, etc. “AiF” has also the vastest network of regional editorial offices: 66 in Russia and 17 in other countries. AIF.ru, the website of “Argumenty i fakty” Publishing House, was created in 1997. As of today over 15 million users visit AIF.ru every month (data as of February 2014), the website is in TOP 10 of the most popular online media of the Russian Internet according to Liveinternet and TNS Web Index.
Quote: “Georgy Mayer, a photographer from Nizhny Tagil, has won the first prize at “Russian IPA” international contest in the category “Fine Art. Nudes”. The contest is held every year among the Russian-speaking photographers. Georgy Mayer posted the story about his victory on his “Vkontakte” page and told “AiF-Ural” about it on Thursday, October 4.
The photographer’s “Libido and Mortido” black-and white project has won him the first prize in “Nudes” category among the professionals. “Libido and mortido are the two forces that accompany us throughout our life since our birth,” says the photographer’s description of the project. “This project received a grant from Sony World Photography Organisation and was exhibited in Somerset House of London,” Georgy Mayer told to “AiF-Ural”. Ekaterina Tkachenko and Anzhelika Milenkaya, models from Urals, have also taken part in the project. The photographer’s works were exhibited in London in April.” >>>>
“OTV” TV channel is a channel of Chelyabinsk Region. It started broadcasting on November 6, 2003 when its name was “Oblastnoy Kanal” (Regional Channel). By decision of the Federal Radio and Television Tenders Commission dated February 8, 2017, the TV channel has been chosen asthe mandatory generally accessible TV channel (“21st button”) of Chelyabinsk Region
The channel has been created as the media outlet of the Government of Chelyabinsk Region independent from the Moscow broadcasters.
Quote: “George Mayer, a photographer from Nizhny Tagil, has won in International Photography Awards (Russia) contest. Both Russian-speaking professionals and amateurs participate in that prestigious annual contest.
The project of George Mayer has won him the first prize in the category “Fine Art. Nudes” among the professionals. He presented a series of black-and-white pictures of naked women. The name of the project is “Libido and Mortido”.
“Today “Libido and Mortido” project has won its first award in International Photography Awards (Russia), 1st prize in “Fine Art. Nudes” category among the professionals,” George said.” >>>>
“Oblastnaya Gazeta” www.oblgazeta.ru is a social and political journal in Russian published in Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk Region). It has been published since March 8, 1990. Starting from 2004 and to the present day it has been the most printed regional journal in Russia (the print run of the year 2016 is 70,000 copies).
Quote: “George Mayer, a photographer from the city of Nizhny Tagil, has won the first prize in one of the categories at the prestigious International Photography Awards (Russia) contest. Ekaterina Busygina from Ekaterinburg has been given prominence in another nomination.
The website of the event says that the contest has been organized for the Russian-speaking professional photographers and amateur photographers under the authority of the prestigious IPA international photo contest.
The contestants from Sverdlovsk Region have not missed their opportunity. They have taken part and won. For example, George Mayer posted the story on his vk.com page on himself winning the first prize in the category “Fine Art. Nudes” among the professionals.
For that contest the photographer from Nizhny Tagil presented “Libido and Mortido” project, a series of black-and-white pictures of naked young women. The descriptions of the pictures say that libido and mortido are the two forces that accompany us in our life since our birth.” >>>>
“Komsomolskaya Pravda” Publishing House is a Russian publishing house founded in 1992. Its full name is “Komsomolskaya Pravda. Publishing House” Closed Joint-Stock Company. Its headquarters is in Moscow. It is the major publishing company in Russia; its monthly total audience is over 57 million readers.
Headquarters address: Russia, 127287, Moscow, 1/23 Stary Petrovsko-Razumovskiy Passage, building 1,
Quote: “George Mayer, a photographer from Nizhny Tagil, has won the first prize of the prestigious International Photography Awards (Russia) contest. It is held annually for the Russian-speaking professional photographers and amateur photographers. The Uralian has won the first prize in the category “Fine Art. Nudes” among the professionals thanks to the black-and-white pictures where he depicted a naked woman. The name of the project is “Libido and Mortido”. “Libido is the pursuance of creativity and arts or the desire to live,” says the description of the photograph. However, everything that moves has its limits and cannot be infinite. Mortido is a limitation of body power. Those two forces suffer throughout life. It is destructive and self-destructive.” >>>>
Official website of Sony in Russia
Sony Corporation is the leading producer of audio, video and photoproducts, games, communication and information products for the consumer and professional markets. Thanks to its firm position in such areas as music, cinema, computer games and e-commerce, Sony has unique advantages in electronics and entertainment industries and it is one of the leaders in those areas. By the end of the financial year 2015 (as of March 31, 2016) the consolidated annual sales of Sony amounted to 72 billion dollars approximately.
Quote: “George Mayer, a photographer, designer and artist. He works in the classical style but gives it a contemporary meaning and tone. In 2017 he won the Sony World Photography Awards, contest where he took the first prize in the nomination “Portrait” among the professionals. His photographs grace the covers of famous writers’ and dramatists’ novels including Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature, and Bernard Werber, a popular French writer. His works have been acquired by Adobe, Atlantic Records, Alfa Romeo, Lalique, Netflix, for the film “Bright”, by MGM Television, for the iconic TV series “Fargo”. Also, George Mayer engages in intense exhibition activities, his works have been acquired for private Russian and foreign collections.” >>>>
Interview with George on the official website of Sony in Russia:
Quote: “How can you describe your individual style?
I will speak about artistic photography. It should be understood that the essence of the photography as writing with light can only be revealed during a scrupulous study of everything that happens on the line between the light and shadow. That is the study that I am engaged in. In terms of style, my photographs are a look into the past, unending attempts to continue developing the modernist concept, the life of old photographs. In conclusion, in my photographs the form usually dominates over substance.
How does your creative process unfold?
First of all, I come up with the concept of photo shooting. I concentrate on the image, I almost disconnect myself from the surrounding world, turn on the music and think. I make detailed sketches: how the model, will be standing, set of body and head, position of arms, etc. This is how my visual story is born. And after that, in the studio, I do not think. I get to work at once to get the image that I had created, conceived. For that purpose I use light, various modifiers, mirrors, I create light effects. At the stage of post processing I already have virtually nothing to do.
What is the most important result of your creative activity?
Concerning the artistic photography, it is to be aware of your style. More precisely, it is to be sure that my style exists not only in my mind as the author but also to be sure that the spectators will be able to recognize it, that my photographs cannot be mistaken for other authors’ works. My transition from learning to the real creative activity was long. I imitated other authors, interpreted until at last I became aware that my works could not be mistaken for other authors’ works. Currently this awareness is the most important result for me.” >>>>
The magazine has been issued in Rome and distributed around Italy and other countries of Europe since 2003. FOTOCULT is the most famous photography magazine in Italian language.
Quote: “They are immobile statues placed against a clear background. No scenic elements or spatial marks. Abstract, captured in unnatural postures, they represent not presence but allusions, metonymies. It is a gallery of graphical, geometrical and architectural shapes of women, always immobile. The photographs by Georgy Mayer are elegant and sophisticated; he can combine simplicity and glamour and corresponds with the camera and lens titans of the 20th century. His works refer to Penn, Horst, Weston, Mapplethorpe, the virtuosos of light who turn the human shape into an abstract perfection. It is a clear line, a silhouette. Besides, Mayer often takes pictures of his wife, so tangibly present in life. But the tangible woman and everything that can define her, including time and space, is not present on the photograph.
Is it not paradoxical to begin with your life companion, so tangible, in order to attain the perfect outline of a woman that you bear in mind? I think that all art is made up of symbols, metaphors and conventions. It is a play of consciousness and subconsciousness. It is not that important what style the artist choses: it may be hyperrealism of the Düsseldorf school of painting, Martin Parr’s humor on the street, “amateur” genre of Nan Goldin or even the pornographic language of Mapplethorpe or Terry Richardson. All of those notions are conventional. I find inspiration in the black-and-white fashion photography of the twentieth century. I like to influence the subconsciousness using the minimalistic shapes and eliminating all the signs of the model’s actual presence. Even in “Politsiya” (Police) project (2011) the children depicted there are turned into symbols, something that happens in the works by Loretta Lux, an artist whose Photoshop skills I admire. Charlotte Cotton has described that technique in her successful work titled The Photograph as Contemporary Art as the deadpan photography: no emotions are present in the photographs but that does not mean that a spectator sees nothing. On the contrary, the audience should pay attention to everything. Removing ourselves from the signs of time and looking at Sagrada Família by Gaudí, it is hard to overlook the Mies van der Rohe pavilion!
As to the fashion photography, I have been inevitably attracted to the eternal elegance of the works by Horst P. Horst and Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Victor Skrebneski: I always thumb those masters’ photo albums and try to reveal the secret of their hypnotic charm.
The name of the series that won the prize at SWPA, “Light. Shadows. Perfect woman”, is also tell-tale. What is perfection for you? The perfection does not exist, and yet it is everything that is around us. It’s the harmony. We pursue it, but we cannot attain it. The protagonists of my photographs live in an abstract world, an extremely simplified reflection of the real world reduced to a black-and-white minimalism. On the line between those two edges lies the pursuit of harmony. It is an image inspired by The Perfect Human by Jørgen Leth. I like the concept of using the glamour to express a notion as well as the sense of alarm and untoldness that run through the film, a sort of living emptiness. In addition, I wanted to re-conduct the early 20th century experiments of František Drtikol, one of the first translators of Buddhist essays into Czech, who considered a photograph as a possibility to visualize a person’s internal space using the light, the shadow and the woman’s silhouette. However, when I was creating those images I did not expect a positive response from the critics. I realize that this work lingers in the classics and it is very masterful in terms of aesthetics, but at least, this time, it was not born from a customer’s desire and has those clear and regular lines that I love so much. After my exhibition in the city of Nizhny Tagil in Russia Ekaterinburg Gallery of Modenrn Art noticed me as later did several European managers. It is only then that I mustered up courage to exhibit the series at SWPA where I obviously did not hope to win!
How do you create the play of shadows on a model’s face and body? The shadow effects can be created in studios. This technique is not a secret: I take a flash Bowens and install on it an adapter for Gobo masks which I make for that purpose. Then, in postproduction, there is brightness increasing and reduction, frequency separation, Liquify filter ... But Photoshop is a software; it is not inspiring for me to talk about it.”
PHOTO PRESSE MAGAZIN http://www.photopresse.de/
It is the leading professional photography and digital images magazine with the highest frequency of issues (26 a year) and the longest history (65 years) in the German-speaking area. PP delivers information on all the important trends, products, dates and events in relation to the professional photography and digital images. PP comments upon the most relevant issues of the professional photography stage and provide coverage of the most important market developments.
The magazine is 74 years old. It was founded in 1945 and is the oldest German photography magazine. The readers of PHOTO PRESSE are: professional photographers (64%), photo dealers with studios (16%), photographic universities and training facilities (9%), governmental authorities / institutes (6%), as well as the managers and decision-makers in the industry of images (5%).
The audience involves all main areas and styles: weddings, portrait, fashion, sports, celebratory, school and children photography, as well as advertising, food, science, travel and nature.
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The magazine has placed the photograph by George on the cover of issue No. 6 dated 5/4/2017
In addition, the magazine placed three photographs by George Mayer and a story on him into the article.
Quote: “GEORGE MAYER
He is also the winner of SWPA in the nomination “Portrait”. Instead of the custom-made portraits, Georgy Mayer sent to the contest his unpaid works that he made in his studio with his girlfriend. “Apart from the commercial works, I like to develop new concepts and I need to implement them at once. My figurative language has been influenced by classical photographers, first of all by František Drtikol, a Czech classical photographer. Like him, I often play with light and shadow, not for some kind of effects but because for a photographer the play of dark and bright, the light and the shadow is an amazing tool to study the human personality in front of camera, to balance and interpret it.” The young Russian photographer lives in the Urals, in the city of Nizhny Tagil. He was born there and he exhibits his works there as a photographer, not once in his life did he move from that city, nor does he want to. Unlike Faingnaert who looks for and finds inspiration outside the familiar environment, Mayer experiments with the photography style processes in his own studio which helps him to refill his vital force. In brief, the secret of his success is to learn the language of the old masters of photography and to transform them into today’s language. Mayer says: “Without my unpaid works my good portrait custom-made works wouldn’t have worked out. On the contrary, only because I spend my time on experiments however I want, I can be a successful commercial art photographer.” Besides that, Mayer enjoys success as advertising photographer and filmmaker in the city completely unknown to us.” >>>>
PRESS CENTRE SONY.RU, presscentre.sony.co.uk
Press centre of Sony Corporation.
Sony Corporation is the leading producer of audio, video and photoproducts, games, communication and information products for the consumer and professional markets. Thanks to its firm position in such areas as music, cinema, computer games and e-commerce, Sony has unique advantages in electronics and entertainment industries and it is one of the leaders in those areas.By the end of the financial year 2015 (as of March 31, 2016) the consolidated annual sales of Sony amounted to 72 billion dollars approximately.
Quote «Like in works of Modernism the shadow in the exhibited portraits is symbolic itself. Occupying nearly the whole picture it holds some mystery, and occasional points of light give us a chance to guess it. It may be said that along with the woman’s body there is another inanimate character in the photograph. It is the shadow. The human figure is likened to the light fighting with the dark. In this struggle harmony is born.» >>>>
SPIEGEL ONLINE - Spiegel Online (SPON) is one of the most widely read German-language news websites.It was founded in 1994 as the online offshoot of the German news magazine, Der Spiegel, with a staff of journalists working independently of the magazine. Today, Spiegel Online is the most frequently quoted online media product in Germany. Spiegel Online International, a section featuring articles translated into English, was launched in autumn 2004.
Website: https://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/sony-world-photography-awards-die-besten-fotos-der-welt-fotostrecke-146777-9.html (screenshot 41, screenshot 42)
Quote: « The image of the “perfect woman” is in the fragile balance between light and darkness. First prize in the nomination “Portrait”, photographer: Georgy Mayer, Russia.”» >>>>
Süddeutsche Zeitung - Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) is a German national daily journal. It was founded in 1945 in Munich by Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH owned by Süddeutsche Verlag. Süddeutsche Verlag is 81.25% owned by Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding (SWMH) headquartered in Stuttgart. The Friedmann group of publishing houses owns the rest of the shares.
The chief editors are Kurt Kister and Wolfgang Krach. Johannes Friedmann is the chairman of the editorial board. The volume of the print run is 326,611 copies.
Quote: “The name of the portrait photoshoots of George Mayer is “Light. Shadows. Perfect woman”. The Russian photographer plays with the contrast between the light and darkness thanks to which his protagonists look like sculptures.” >>>>
RIA NOVOSTI (RIA NEWS), “RIA Novosti” Russian Agency of International Information (“RIA Novosti” FGUP RAMI (Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian International Information Agency)) founded on June 24, 1941, a former media group and one of the major information agencies of the world headquartered in Moscow, nowadays it is “Russia Today” International Information Agency brand (“Russia Today International Information Agency” Federal State Unitary Enterprise (“Russia Today” FGUP MIA), a Russian information agency). RIA Novosti proclaim that “operational responsiveness, impartiality and independence from the political situation” are the main principles of their activity. Starting from June 8, 2014 it is an information agency and network outlet.
Quote: “LONDON, April 21 — RIA Novosti, Maria Tabak. George Mayer, a Russian photographer, has won the first prize of Sony World Photography Awards, one of the most prestigious photography contests of the world in “Portrait Photography” category, says the report of the contest hosts. The award winners have been announced the previous night during the official ceremony in London.
Mayer, a photographer from Nizhny Tagil, won thanks to his series of photographs titled “Light. Shadows. Perfect Woman”. “This portfolio includes a number of incredible portraits revealing the evident monumentality and dualism of a perfect woman’s photographs,” notes the report.” >>>>
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Quote: «The Portraiture award went to George Mayer for the series Light. Shadows. Perfect woman. All the winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London 21 April - 7 May. All photos courtesy: Sony World Photography Award» >>>>
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Quote: “In July Ekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art of has opened the second “Militia” (Police) exhibition of the conceptual project of George Mayer, a Uralian art photographer, within the “Fotoleto-2017” (Photosummer-2017) citywide festival of photography. The project exhibiting the “Zerkalo dushi” (Window to Soul) and “Deti sotrudnikov militii” (Children of the Policemen) series was created in 2011 but the exhibition is full-featured for the first time.
The pictures were taken during the years 2010 and 2011. A very important event for the Ministry of Internal Affairs took place during those years: the prospect of the law enforcement authorities rebranding caused a storm of criticism and heated debates. “In that moment the subject seemed urgent to us and we could not pass it at a distance,” says George Mayer, the art photographer. “As artists, we took the then-central persons as a basis and created that project together with Vladimir Serov and Fyodor Telkov, authors from Nizhny Tagil’. >>>>
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Quote: “The traditional Ural painting as well as video art and contemporary photographs will be exhibited in the Erarta Museum. The number of authors include, for example, Georgy Mayer, a talented photographer whose project has been immediately approved, and a conceptual video by Vladimir Seleznev and Sergey Laushkin. The bulk of the project will be made up of the works from the gallery’ collection and artists’ workshops. It is expected that the area of 400 sq. meters will host an exhibition of 17 or 18 authors from Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Tagil, Chelyabinsk Region and Perm Territory.” >>>>
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Quote: “A naked model is nothing more or less than a scenery element. The artist deprives the protagonists of his photo pictures of their personalities. Everything to find perfection.
“I know in advance what will be the result. I need a model as a symbol here, as a scenery element. I do not show the model’s personality, I do not allow her to unfold,” clarified Georgy Mayer, the photographer.
The women accompany and inspire George Mayer in his creative career. He took pictures of models for glossy magazines, the protagonists of his photographs became famous at Russian and European artistic exhibitions. In his new series of photographs George Mayer looks for perfection, the elusive image of excellence.
“It is a commentary on the perfection that I have been nourishing for many years. It started when I watched a movie by a Danish director. We have placed people on the line of shadows, they pursue their perfection, pursue the harmony,” the photographer added.” >>>>
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“STUDIYA-41” TV company was founded in 1997. Since March 2005 “Studiya-41” has had the network partner: “Domashniy” channel founded by “STS-Media” media holding. Service area: Ekaterinburg and its suburbs, as well as the nearby towns including Aramil, Beryozovsky, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Zarechny, Pervouralsk, Polevskoy, Revda, Sredneuralsk, Sysert, other localities within a 50 km circle. Target audience: 3.68 million people. >>>>
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Quote: “The subject of the perfect woman has for many centuries been the source of continuous inspiration for artists and sculptors. When the photographic camera was invented the art photographers joined them. Georgy Mayer reveals the light, the shadow and the nature of femininity through special optics. The author’s unique style involves the magical play of light and shadow on the models’ delicate shapes. By arranging the delicate balance of the correlations between darkness and light, the author explores the evident monumentality and dualism of the images of perfect woman and the geometry of light not only becomes the sculptural language but also brings the semantic meanings into correlation.
The exposition will include over 20 creative products the main artistic object of which is the image of woman. However, the facial expression of the woman in the photograph is alienated and her body becomes some kind of scenery element simplified to extreme minimalism and existing on equal terms, so to say, with the geometric shapes made by the shadows. Unlike the classical portrait where the protagonist’s personality is reflected, the works exhibited are not intended to reveal the person’s peculiarity. All specific features are hidden. Each image holds a certain symbolism. For the first time the exhibition will take place in Ekaterinburg.” >>>>
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Quote: “George Mayer, a photographer from Nizhny Tagil, has won the international prize of IPA CIS 2015. The official website of the contest says that he has won the title of the “Photographer of the Year”.
He owes his victory in the contest to his series of works called “Shadows”. Now he will compete for the title of the “International Photographer”. The finals will take place in the USA on October 27.
“I oftentimes arrange the scenery and select the accessories for the image myself. Some ideas require a meticulous work, in other cases it is enough to seize opportunity, to reveal the model’s femininity through her eyes, emotions or body language. In such moments all scenery and special effects take a back seat to the clear lines and simple elegance. I always work towards the balance between the simple and the complex, the pretentious avant-garde and the moderate minimalism,” Mayer said.
The works by George Mayer will soon be seen in Ekaterinburg. His personal exhibition will be held in October in the Gallery of Modern Art.” >>>>
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Quote: “George Mayer, member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers, participant and award winner of the national and foreign professional photo contests, held exhibitions in Berlin, London and Marsciano. He is primarily known for his commercial projects. His fashion photographs grace the covers of magazines, books, CD disks and billboards around the world. Also, he cooperates with “Atlantic Records” sound-recording label. George Mayer holds a degree in interior design. He became keen on photography in 2006. He travels and looks for ideas for his photo projects together with Nadezda, his wife, who is also his friend, kindred spirit and muse.
It is during their private travel in Abkhazia that the husband and the wife came up with the idea to tell about the fate of that country through the portraits of its people. The photographers saw cities ruined by war, the aftermath of the military conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia that had taken place in early 90s of the previous century. At first, they decided to show the ruins of the buildings that had suffered from artillery attacks. However, their attitude towards the sad reality changed a lot after their conversations with the locals.” >>>>
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Quote: “The essential idea of the renowned photographer’s personal exhibition is to show the philosophy of contrasts in his photographs. The author of the works is a talented art photographer, member of the Russian Union of Art Photographers, author of notable commercial projects. The works by George Mayer participated and won in many national and worldwide photo contests, were exhibited in London, Berlin, Marsciano.
The professional activity of the art photographer, holder of interior designer’s diploma, began in 2006 with his interest in photography. Nadezda, the photographer’s wife, is his muse, ally, friend and partner in his search for interesting ideas.
The couple’s travel in Abkhazia led them to creation of the series of the photography works featured at the exhibition. At first, they planned to show the aftermath of the war between Georgia and Abkhazia in their photographs: broken city streets and buildings with traces of artillery attacks. However, according to George Mayer the conversations with the locals resulted in alteration of the concept. They decided to show children who had been born after the military conflict, who never had held a weapon in their hands, the children who embodied the future of the new country.
Hence, the photography works from the “Mirnoye Pokoleniye” (A Generation of Peace) project is the main part, the major part of the personal exhibition of George Mayer. It is full of portraits of the young people from Abkhazian cities and villages: dancers, athletes, musicians.” >>>>
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Quote: “(Kazan, July 20, “Tatar-inform”, Lyutsiya Kamalova). The names of the award winners of the “Young Photographers of Russia 2011” contest have been announced today in Kazan. The awarding ceremony has taken place in the Exhibition Hall of the State Museum of Fine Arts. The event has been held within the Festival of Young Photographers of Russia that started this evening in the capital of Tatarstan and will continue until July 23. The names of the 10 winners have been announced by Mariusz Wideryński, the chairman of the jury and the President of the Association of Polish Art Photographers. The award winners were: Sergey Kolyaskin, for “Glaza Istorii” (Eyes of History) series (Chelyabinsk); Nikita Litvinenko, for “Tyazholoye Probuzhdeniye” (Painful Awakening) series (Moscow); Stepan Rudik, for “Vokzal” (Railway Station) series (Novosibirsk); Artyom Sokolov, for “Pustota” (Emptiness) series (Leningrad Region); Ayar Kuo Uhhan, for “Kray sveta...” (The World’s End...) (Yakutsk). Yevgeniy Shchemilin, for “Patsany s hutora Laznoy” (Fellas from Laznoy khutor) and “GENPLAN” (SITE PLAN) series (Norilsk); George Mayer, for “Kazachye bratstvo” (Cossacks Brotherhood) and “Deti sotrudnikov militia” (Children of the Policemen) series (Nizhny Tagil); Yuriy Pritisk, for “Nedoskazannoye...” (The Untold) series (Novocheboksarsk); Yevgeniy Remizov, for “Kimry” series (Moscow) and Maxim Yuldashev, for “Odni iz mnogih” (One Among Many) series (Moscow).”>>>>
The results of EISA Maestro Photo Contest 2011 “My Country” are published in “Foto-Video” magazine #7, year 2011 and on the official website of the magazine.
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Quote: “George Mayer, Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk Region. Second prize
A series from the “Pravoslavnaya Rossiya” (Orthodox Russia) project
“The main purpose of my project is to contribute to the chronicles of Christian religion in Urals and other regions of Russia as well as rebirth and development of the fine-art portrait photography. The project’s tasks include the Cossacks’ photographic image building. The essence of this image consists in display of the believers’ attitude towards the Cossacks as protectors of the Orthodox Church’s cause, as generous people who live up to the God’s laws. The photographs show portraits of the Uralian Cossacks from the Alexander Nevsky stanitsa, city of Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk Region.” >>>>