1980 Photo Contest, Color Picture, 3rd prize

Fred Ihrt


01 January, 1979

God in Russia: Patriarch Pimen I of Moscow in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk (currently known as Sergiyev Posad). Pimen I (born as Sergey Mikhailovich Izvekov in 1910) was the 14th Patriarch of Moscow and head of the Russian Orthodox Church from 1971 until his death in 1990. In 1954, he had become head of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery, and in 1961 he had been appointed Matropolitan Bishop of Leningrad and Ladoga. After the death of Patriarch Alexius I in 1971, Pimen was elected the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.

About the photographer

Fred Ihrt

Manfred Ihrt (Pforzheim, 1918-Hamburg, 2005) worked as a press photographer for the German newspaper the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung between 1948 and 1951. In 1957, he became a staff ph...

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