The City is a Novel (2015)

Selected as one of the best photography book of 2015 by Wall Street Journal, The City is a Novel is the first major monograph devoted to photographer Alexey Titarenko's (b. 1962, St. Petersburg) thirty-year career.

Published in Italy by Damiani editore, the book features over 140 photographs of Titarenko's work in St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. The City is a Novel also includes a short autobiographical story City of Shadows and essays by curator, writer, and art historian Gabriel Bauret; Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. Damiani writes, "Famous for introducing long exposure and intentional camera movement into street photography, Titarenko created powerful metaphors to document the century's historic changes. His haunting, ghostlike images have become icons of the era of the collapse of the Soviet state."

Published by Damiani editore
ISBN 978-8862084147
Hardcover, 208 pages 

Upcoming book signings:
Paris-Photo at Damiani editore booth, November 11 at 6 p.m., Grand Palais, Paris, France.
Soho Photo Gallery, New York, December 8 at 7 p.m. (after the lecture that starts at 6 p.m.)

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Alexey Titarenko: Photographs (2003)

Published by NAILYA ALEXANDER, Washington D.C. 2003
Photographs by Alexey Titarenko
Essay by curator and art historian Gabriel Bauret
Text in French and English
ISBN 978-097439910


City of Shadows (2001)

Published by ART TEMA, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Photographs by Alexey Titarenko
Essay by Irina Chmyreva

Text in Russian and English (translated by John Nicolson, edited by Kay Alexander)
ISBN 978-5942580056

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Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau, Toulouse: 21 juin - 4 septembre 2000
Published by the city of Toulouse with the participation of the French Ministry of Culture, 2000
Introduction by Gabriel Bauret
ISBN 2-913241-20-4


Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg (1997)

Alexey Titarenko: The Photographs from the Cycle Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg," Grand Hall of D. Shostakovich Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg, 24 May - 9 July 1996

With an essay in Russian and English by Georgy Golenky, art critic, member of the Russian Union of Artists, and Head of the Department of New Trends in Contemporary Art at the State Russian Museum. Translated by John Nicolson.




short story (1991)

English version (PDF) (Translated by John Nicolson)
Russian version (PDF)