01 September 2010, Wednesday, 15:50

Ramil Kilmamatov: My dream is to photograph in Australia

author: Alfia Agliullina | photo: Ramil' Kil'mamatov

Being 60 years old, the famous art photographer Ramil Kilmamatov is at the height of his creative activity. Only this year he has organized five photo projects. His personal exhibition titled My Bashkortostan was held in Egyptian cities Hurghada and Cairo. One could see the exposition devoted to our students studying in Cairo universities and titled My Heart is with You, Bashkortostan in the RB Spiritual Governance for Muslims. The Victory Soldiers and Bashkir Sabantuy photo projects have also taken place. The best art photographers of the member countries of the TURKSOY participated in the latter one.

As Ramil Kilmamatov confessed, he constantly thinks over new ideas, projects, exhibitions. And it is life itself that inspires him.

"People often ask me 'When will your new exhibition be?'. And I cannot always answer this question, as I don't know what I will take interest in tomorrow. It happens, that I am even not informed about some of my exhibitions. For example, Fr om Heart to Heart exhibition about Lake Boden plane crash is travelling across Europe now. I only heard that it was many times presented in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain."

Taking pictures on the plane crash site, wh ere children form Bashkortostan flying for their vacation to Spain died produced a lasting impression on the photographer.

"I was to fly there with children myself, but I got an invitation to the exhibition in Samara and went there," he tells. "From the first days of the disaster I had to take photographs of parents many of whom lost their only children in this crash. It was very hard to work in such atmosphere, as an art photographer is a human himself. I tried not to hurt feelings of relatives, not to insult the memory of the victims and made the so-called "reflecting" shots. For example, I took pictures not of the weeping relatives, but of German burgomasters who also cried for our children. It was all a sort of a moral ordeal for me."

Ramil Kilmamatov can speak about his work for hours; every one of his pictures has its own story. Thus, the author likes to make portraits very much and remembers all his heroes by their names. He points out that making a portrait he accentuates eyes:

"Eyes are really windows to the soul, they can tell pretty much about a person. And if the picture is good, it will reveal many interesting things for viewers."

For more than 35 years of his creative activity, Ramil Kilmamatov made so much for the regional photographic art that nobody had done before. He was one of the originators of the Art Photographers' Union of Bashkortostan and Russia, worked with disciples, actively promoted the art of photography in the country and outside. The number of exhibitions organized with his participation has risen beyond hundreds. Now he is possessed by the desire to photograph in Australia.

"This is my old dream. I want to take pictures of kangaroos, they have always attracted me," he says.

It is gratifying to know that today Ramil Kilmamatov is nominated for the Salavat Yulaev State Award of Bashkortostan Republic for his prominent services in development of photographical art, constant creative, teaching and organizational activity. The team of Bashinform News Agency fully supports his candidacy.