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Vadim Kin's Biography

Born in Moscow, Vadim Kin moved to the United States as a teenager in 1980. After completing his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Vadim replaced his much-used Russian Zenit 35mm SLR camera with a large format camera, and set out to explore the American Southwest. Both the unearthly, alien desert landscape and the slow, deliberate pace of the new camera, became love at first sight for him.

Seeking a vision of his own, Vadim soon became aware of the beautiful and unusual faces, found naturally sculpted within the sandstone formations. Thus, in 1998, the "Living Stone" photographic project was born.

Several years ago, Vadim discovered that sea kayaking provided additional access to sandstone formations, and consequently a new source of "Living Stone" images was found along the desert rivers and Pacific Northwest shorelines. As a result, his photographic journeys often now include a camera-laden kayak, in which the cumbersome large format camera is replaced by the more portable medium format models.

Studying the photographs of Ansel Adams, Vadim came to the conclusion that the only way to fully express himself as an artist, was to do his own darkroom work. He therefore produces his own Ilfochrome (Cibachrome) prints, at times working for days or weeks on a single one.

During the last two years, images from the "Living Stone" portfolio have been featured in local and regional exhibits, juried art shows and slide shows.

Vadim makes his prints and home with his wife and collaborator, Martine, and their pet coyote, Moki, in Seattle, Washington. He photographs spiritual landscapes and faces anywhere there is light.