Biography

Lev Borodulin (b. 1923) was exposed to photography at an early age. At the age of four, he met N. Svishchev-Paola, who took a portrait of him and inspired in him a fierce love of photography. Borodulin graduated from the department of Art at The Moscow Institute of Printing and started learning photography at the end of 1940s. He began working as a photo reporter for Ogonyok Magazine in the 1950s, where he shared a laboratory with Dmitry Baltermants, who greatly influenced Borodulin's work. Along with photography masters such as Baltermants and Alexander Rodchenko, Borodulin made strides to define photography as not only a documentative medium, but also an art form. In recent years Borodulin’s “Parade” was chosen by Bill Clinton as one of the photographs to hang in the Oval Office. His images of divers, runners, fencers, rowers, boxers, footballers, swimmers and athletes of all kinds are some of the most important sporting photographs of the twentieth century. Borodulin spent much of his life living in Moscow, but later relocated to Israel, where he recently celebrated his 80th birthday.