In 1997 Vsevolod Galkin did a few photo shoots for ‘Uranus’, one of the first gay magazines in Russia with quality texts and photos. An economic crisis in April ’98 bankrupted this magazine and the photo series ‘A Trip to Mozaisk’, ‘Faunus’ and ‘Negro-angel’ became the basis for the first ‘art nudes’ photo book "Indigo" which was published in 2000 with the patronage of Gregori Sazonov.
"Indigo" became a scandal firstly because Russia wasn’t used to photo books... art books and historical photos but not a personal album.
Secondly, the Russian public were only used to seeing almost pornographic images of naked male bodies in media such as erotic gay magazines and gay videos.
Galkin broke all stereotypes and for 2 weeks ‘Indigo’ was the best selling photo book in Moscow.
The experience of working with ‘Uranus’, and before that with the gay newspaper ‘Argo’, plus the book ‘Indigo’ turned Seva to visual content. Work on an advertisement for the fashion designer Valentin Ydashkin, creating advertisements and covers for magazines, it was all good training.
In 2006 Seva received the ‘Best Cover’ prize. In 2003 Vsevolod Galkin became a designer for the gay magazine "Kvir". In 2006 the famous German publisher Bruno Gmeunder added Galkin’s work to the book ‘Visions’, a kind of encyclopaedia (or illustrated history) of male nudes over the last 25 years. His works were also published in the Australian gay magazine ‘Blue’.
Translation by Andrey V.