The project is born during a stay in Russia two years ago, at a time when Herfort was beginning to develop an interest in the aesthetic aspect of public spaces. “In Western Europe everything is so neatly defined, so specific. A waiting room is a waiting room, an office is an office. In Russia, in contrast, rooms are open to interpretation, many-layered and not so prettified.
And I also noticed that there seem to be many more people just sitting around in them. None of them seems at first sight to know what they are doing there. I tried to integrate people like that into my pictures.”
Frank Herfort’s photographs are personal invitations to explore self-contained worlds that startle with rich detail and vibrant color. Based in both Berlin and Moscow, the photographer has made the exploration of the contrasts and contradictions of life in contemporary Russia a central focus of his artistic work, photographing whether the austere, crumbling remains of Soviet society or the opulent homes of modern Russian oligarchs.