Daughter Finds Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives In Attic, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them (50 Pics)

Some artists don't live long enough to experience the recognition they get. Masha Ivashintsova was one of them. This Russian artist and theater critic had been heavily engaged in the Leningrad (now, Saint Petersburg) poetic and photography underground movement of the 1960−80s. Masha loved photography as it always took a major role in her mysterious and painful life. However, she always kept her photographs hidden in her attic, never showing them even to her family. Until now.
Recently, her daughter Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan was going through her stuff and found a stunning collection of more than 30,000 images. After deciding to develop these photos, Asya was shocked to discover how well these photos portrayed her mother’s life and the essence of everyday life in the USSR.
“Of course, I knew that my mother was taking pictures all along. What was striking is that she never shared her works with anyone, not even her family.” - Asya said of her mother's work. “She hoarded her photo-films in the attic and rarely developed them, so nobody was ever able to appreciate the fruits of her passion. Those same films remained in the attic of our house in Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, where she originally kept them, after her death in 2000.”
The darker period of Masha’s life took place in a USSR mental hospital. There, she was gradually broken by being forced to take drugs. The Soviet Regime was aiming to 'standardize' people, to make them live by the Communist rules. This dehumanizing control system had a huge impact on Masha. It is also evident in her work. As her daughter says, "Masha had a difficult relationship with communism. She was eventually bulldozed by the party and committed to a mental hospital against her will for her «social sponging» as she could never assimilate to the all-encompassing, shouting world of socialist excitement."
Some people have already called Masha the 'Russian Vivian Maier.' Scroll down to check her work and let us know if you agree with the nickname.

Meet, Masha Ivashintsova (1942−2000), a woman who was hiding about 30,000 photos she took in the USSR

 Inside The Building
 Marta, Leningrad, USSR, 1978
A Portrait Photo Of Asya In 1978
Melvar Melkumyan, Moscow, USSR, 1979
Asya And Her Dog Marta, Leningrad, USSR, 1980
Two Girls In Vologda, USSR, 1979
Linguist Melvar Melkumyan, Husband And Father, Leningrad, USSR, 1976
Street Portrait In St. Petersburg, 1976
Melvar Melkumyan, Moscow, USSR, 1983
A Ruined Statue Of Stalin In Leningrad, USSR, 1978

Melvar Melkumyan With His And Mahsa’s Only Daughter, Asya, Moscow, USSR, 1976
The Banks Of The Neva River In Leningrad, 1979
A Cosmonaut-Themed Playground In Leningrad
Leningrad,USSR, 1975
Orehovo, USSR, 1976
Tbilisi, 1989
 Leningrad, USSR, 1976
 Masha Ivashintsova With Her Lover, Photographer Boris Smelov, Leningrad, USSR, 1974
Leningrad, USSR, 1985
 Leningrad,USSR, 1978
Pixie-Faced Boys In Staraya Russia
Toy Store “Detsky Mir”, Dzerzhinsky Square, Moscow, USSR, 1983
Leningrad, USSR, 1981
 Leningrad, USSR, 1977
Leningrad, USSR, 1978
Leningrad, USSR, 1976
Tbilisi, 1989

Moscow,USSR, 1978

Leningrad, USSR. 1978
Orehovo, USSR, 1976
 Leningrad, USSR, 1975
Leningrad, USSR, 1979
Leningrad, USSR, 1983
Leningrad, USSR, 1991
Masha’s Lover Viktor Krivulin, Novolukoml, Byelorussian Ssr, 1979
Portrait Of A Family Friend In 1974
Moscow, USSR, 1988
Leningrad, USSR, 1988
Leningrad,USSR, 1970
Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad, USSR, 1975
 Arseny Tarkovsky, Leningrad, USSR, 1981
Leningrad, USSR, 1977
Leningrad, USSR, 1978
Leningrad,USSR, 1978
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 1994
Moscow, USSR, 1988
Leningrad, USSR, 1974

Daughter Finds Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives In Attic, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them (50 Pics) Daughter Finds Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives In Attic, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them (50 Pics) Reviewed by Your Destination on March 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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