1973 Photo Contest, Portraits, 2nd prize

Boris Kaufman

RIA Novosti

01 December, 1972

A woman from Untsukul in the Republic of Dagestan. Boris Kaufman had been sent to Dagestan by his agency RIA Novosti. On the outskirts of Untsukul, a mountain village, he saw an old woman walking away from the village with a crutch. When he got a glimpse of her face, he released the shutter of his camera. When the woman heard the click, she started to threaten him with her crutch and then walked away. Because, at that time, it was not possible to publish pictures of old 'heroes', as she was considered to be, without a name, Kaufman had to invent one: Patima.

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Boris Kaufman

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