GALINA KMIT – RUSSIAN PHOTO REPORTER, PHOTO ARTIST AND ACTRESS
Galina Vasilievna Kmit – Russian and Soviet photojournalist, the only woman who worked as a correspondent for RIA Novosti. This is a photographer in whose lens bright world celebrities – Jean-Paul Belmondo, Franco Nero and many others – as well as almost all domestic actors, politicians and representatives of show business, fell.
Photographer Galina Kmit
Galina Vasilievna called herself “paparazzi”, joking about her dislike for staged photos. She sought to capture the true face of her models, and not verified poses. In her pictures, Vladimir Vysotsky, Gerard Depardieu, Victor Tsoi, Evgeny Mironov, Donatas Banionis and a huge number of other stars look natural and vibrant. Galina Kmit is not only a talented photojournalist, but also a photo artist and actress. She starred in several films, including the role of the photographer familiar to her. However, her professional interests extended beyond the cinema and the red carpet.
Career and Achievements
Galina Kmit has worked as a photojournalist for over 40 years, having made thousands of frames over the decades of her career, which illustrated news and informational articles. Her artworks are also known – the photographer’s exhibitions were successfully held in Russia, the USA, Mexico, and European countries. She prepared two “thematic” expositions dedicated to famous men and women who at various times fell into the sight of her camera.
On the instructions of the Novosti news agency, in which Galina Vasilyevna worked for many years, she visited Central Asia, the Komi Republic, the polar tundra – her first exhibition is dedicated to her. Having traveled all over the USSR, the photojournalist did not stop there. She became vice-president of the International Community of Women Photojournalists, joined the Ferroni Academy (Italian-Russian Research Association) and professional Russian unions – cinematographic and journalistic. Since 2003, she is an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Photographer Galina Kmit
Not all frames made by Galina Kmit are published – solely because of self-censorship. She sought to maintain the quality of the result and respected celebrities who posed for her voluntarily or involuntarily. So, she had to photograph Belmondo “illegally” – he was bound by an exclusive contract for the shooting, and outside correspondents were not allowed to the press conference. An employee of the “News” had to hide in the car, but the French star liked her work. Belmondo, who saw the pictures at the evening reception, admired and congratulated Galina Vasilyevna on her luck with a bouquet of flowers.
The principle of the photographer’s work is the search and transmission of real emotions, true feelings that models experience. She was always against deliberate posing, calling it the transformation of art into handicraft. She herself possessing a bright, lively character – transmitted temperament, energy and “charge of vivacity” to the pictures.
Biography and family
The famous photojournalist was born in Odessa in 1931. Her father is a screenwriter and writer Victor Radysh, so the girl from the first years of her life fell into the creative environment. Initially, she wanted to connect life with the acting profession, but when she entered the theater institute, she did not finish it. Having married at the age of seventeen, the girl changed her profession and became a journalist.
The beginning of a career coincided with the evacuation during the war years. Having left for Arkhangelsk, Galina Vasilievna joined the newspaper Patriot Rodiny, where she worked as an accountant. Leo Kassil, Konstantin Simonov and other famous personalities came to the editorial office. Having made friends with influential writers, the girl enlisted their recommendations and left to “conquer” Moscow. To do this, she had to go to the trick – she accompanied the cargo according to fictitious documents, since in 1943 it was not easy with transport links.
In the capital, a young journalist began working at Moskovsky Komsomolets. She made some interesting materials for which she had to perform practically feats – for example, she was able to get through to her famous writer Louis Aragon from her apartment. Galina Kmit became a photojournalist almost by accident: A.I. Pasteur, who needed photos for Ogonyok, offered her a job, and she took several shots of her friend, Mikhail Kazakov, in the role of Hamlet. To do this, she had to buy a “Start” camera – her first camera.
Photographer Galina Kmit
Talented pictures attracted the attention of A. Finogenov, head of the press department of the Sovinformburo. He personally searched for the author, not even suspecting that she lives in the building where he serves himself – in a large house in Third Neglinny Lane. Soon Galina Vasilievna already worked in the Sovinformburo, and a few years later she was one of the first to join the Union of Journalists. Since then, she worked exclusively as a photographer, while simultaneously raising children.