Daughter Finds Collection Of 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them (21 Pics)

Unfortunately, some artists don’t live sufficiently long to experience the acknowledgment they get. Masha Ivashintsova was one of them. This Russian artist and theater critic had been intensely occupied with the Leningrad (now, Saint Petersburg) beautiful and photography underground development in the 1960−80s. Masha loved photography as it generally played a main role in her mysterious and agonizing life. In any case, she generally kept her photos covered up in her upper room, never showing them. Not even to her family. Until now.

Some time ago, her daughter Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan was looking through her old stuff and found an amazing collection of more than 30,000 pictures. In the wake of choosing to build up these photographs, Asya was stunned to find how well these photographs depicted her mom’s life and the essence of regular day to day existence 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 occurred in a USSR mental clinic. There, she was continuously broken by being compelled to take drugs. The Soviet Regime was meaning to ‘institutionalize’ individuals, to make them live by the Communist guidelines. This dehumanizing control system hugely affected Masha. It is likewise present 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.”
A few people have just called Masha the ‘Russian Vivian Maier.’ Scroll down to check her work and let us know whether you agree with her nickname.

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

Leningrad, USSR, 1977

Marta, Leningrad, USSR, 1978

Inside The Building

A Portrait Photo Of Asya In 1978

Asya And Her Dog Marta, Leningrad, USSR, 1980

Two Girls In Vologda, USSR, 1979

Melvar Melkumyan, Moscow, USSR, 1979

A Ruined Statue Of Stalin In Leningrad, USSR, 1978

Linguist Melvar Melkumyan, Husband, And Father, Leningrad, USSR, 1976

Melvar Melkumyan With His And Mahsa’s Only Daughter, Asya, Moscow, USSR, 1976

Leningrad, USSR, 1975

The Banks Of The Neva River In Leningrad, 1979

Melvar Melkumyan, Moscow, USSR, 1983

Street Portrait In St. Petersburg, 1976

A Cosmonaut-Themed Playground In Leningrad

Orehovo, USSR, 1976

Leningrad, USSR, 1975

Leningrad, USSR, 1976

Tbilisi, 1989

Leningrad, USSR, 1977

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