Pyatkovka was born in 1955 in Kharkiv, Ukraine where he currently lives and works. He graduated from the Faculty of Electric Power of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in 1978. Began his career under communism, and much of his work is aimed at subverting state control. For a long time he worked in the Drama Theatre. For 8 years as the main lighting designer.
He realised that this was not what he wanted to do in the future and became an artistic photographer. Roman was inspired by Boris Mikhailov (winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography) and soon became his teacher and mentor. He became a full time photographer in 1980 and has since had numerous exhibitions world-wide exhibiting some of his well known work such as: “Ghosts. Famine 30-ies”, “I come from childhood”, “Games of libido” and “Bitch Love”. I was inspired by his series “Soviet photo (2012)” which is about an eara which has forever gone. It was the only magazine available to professional photographers and amateurs in the Soviet Union from 1926 to 1992.
In this series of work he combined the ‘official’ photographs from ‘Soviet Photo’ combining with his works as an underground photographer of the time. He quotes ” I risked imprisonment for these pictures”. He also quotes that “When looking at these pictures today, we are able to reflect on the ideals and disappointments, censorship and creativity of that time”.
I was influenced by his work as he cleverly overlaps the layers together in order to create an image that is unique. When looking at his images it makes you think about why he has created it in that way and how some parts are not obvious straight away. Simiular to David Thomas Smith he has adjusted the contrast and hue to bring out the colours within the image. I think that this is very important when layering up your images as some parts could be drowned out.
Anon, Soviet Photo (2012)- Roman Pyatkovka Photography, Last Accessed: 02/02/15. http://cargocollective.com/pyatkovka/Soviet-photo-2012