Supermodel Gia Carangi and makeup artist Sandy Linter in the men's room of Mudd Club, late 1970s
Gelatin silver print
14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. (36.2 x 25.1 cm)

Sasha Borodulin and Gia Carangi, Studio 54, late 1970s
Gelatin silver print
14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. (36.2 x 25.1 cm)

Singer Billy Idol and stylist Ricky, early 1980s
Gelatin silver print
7 3/8 x 11 1/2 in. (18.7 x 29.2 cm)

Vogue's Andre Leon Talley, Studio 54, 1980
Gelatin silver print
7 3/4 x 11 in. (19.7 x 27.9 cm)

Palladium Nightclub, early 1980s
Gelatin silver print
11 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (29.8 x 34.6 cm)

Untitled (Model), New York, 1986
Gelatin silver print
14 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. (36.8 x 29.5 cm)

Untitled (Jumper), early 1980s
Gelatin silver print
15 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (39.4 x 28.6 cm)

Valery, Avenue C, 1987
Gelatin silver print
15 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (39.4 x 27 cm)

Marco Polo, New York, late 1970s
Gelatin silver print
15 3/8 x 11 in. (39 x 27.9 cm)

Kevin and Arthur, New York, 1981
Gelatin silver print
10 1/4 x 16 in. (26 x 40.6 cm)

Holy Man and Arabian Princess, 1979
Gelatin silver print
12 x 14 5/8 in. (30.5 x 37.1 cm)

Natasha at Doorsteps, New York, 1987
Gelatin silver print
15 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (39.4 x 24.8 cm)

Group portrait, New York, 1976
Gelatin silver print
14 1/2 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm)

Sex on the Beach, 1976
Gelatin silver print
11 1/2 x 15 5/8 in.

Astral Body, New York, 1977
Gelatin silver print
14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (36.8 x 24.8 cm)

Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present “Alexander Borodulin: New York 1970s - 1980s,” the photographer’s first solo exhibition in New York, opening on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6-8pm, at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). The exhibition will run through March 8th, 2014. Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Alexander Borodulin, the son of the well-known Soviet sport photographer Lev Borodulin (b. 1923), started photographing at the age of fourteen in the early 1970s. While living in the USSR, Borodulin searched for subjects that did not confine to official Soviet ideology, following instead, ideas of dissident artists. When the family immigrated to Israel in 1973, Sasha photographed the Yom Kippur War. The following year he moved to New York, where initially he worked as an assistant for sports photographer, Jerry Cooke, and shortly after at Time-Life publishing corporation, becoming the youngest photographer working for the company. The fact that Borodulin was a refugee helped him to befriend such renowned artists as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Arthur Rothstein, Howard Sochurek, Ernst Haas, Cornell Capa, Philippe Halsman, and Gjon Mili.

Although Borodulin photographed subjects from all corners of life, we highlight in our show some of his interpretations of the people of New York. The exhibition will cover beach scenes taken at Brighton Beach and at Coney Island, and display some of his fashion features, along with a glimpse of New York nightlife from the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1978, American Vogue featured an eight-page spread of Borodulin’s photographs and that same year he began a tumultuous brief romance with the model, Gia Carangi. The following year, Alexander moved to France and signed a contract with the France Soir magazine. His photographs also appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Time, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Zoom, Photo Review, and Modern Photography. Borodulin returned to Moscow in 1989, on an assignment from Playboy to photograph the "Women of Russia" feature, which would become a collector’s item in both America and Russia when it was published in February 1990.