The gap between how foreigners view Russia and how Russians view themselves is wide and as old as the country itself.
Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that foreign photojournalists who came to work in his country arrive with the pictures they want to send back home already in their head: Bleak images of a cold and desolate place where autocrats lord over drunks.
Klamm, himself, had never photographed much outside of his home city of Novosibirsk, where nearly 2 million people live on the banks of the Ob River in the middle of Siberia.
But in 2000, he started to visit these small towns, camera in hand. He began to ask his photographer friends, both foreign and local, to share images of simple life the rural Russian villages that dot the vast expanse from Europe to the Pacific Ocean.
And in 2009, Klamm started “Birthmarks on the Map,” a collective photo project and website that collects these images in one place.
Episode 6 - The Firesign Theatre: Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers (with guest Jeremy Guskin)
Not stand-up. Not sketch. Just pure comedy. The Firesign Theatre are, luckily, indescribable. You owe it to yourself to find any of their comedy. They have released 22 albums since the 70s and this is, frankly, their third.
This particular episode forgoes the convention of being clip-heavy, or even clip-light (there’s just the one, really) as we had a lot to talk about with this week’s guest, the incomparable Jeremy Guskin. You’ve seen him all over your television screens, possibly asked him to leave, and then realized he was so real you thought he was in the room with you. THAT is how good he is. And this week he tells us how inspirational and confoundingly hilarious The Firesign Theatre is, and how important it is to him as a comedic person.
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