Diana Markosian's Santa Barbara brings together staged scenes, film stills, and family pictures in an innovative and compelling hybrid of personal and documentary storytelling.
In 1996, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Markosian's mother, Svetlana, placed a classified ad in a Los Angeles newspaper: "I want to see America, and meet a kind man who can show me the country," she wrote. One man who responded was from Santa Barbara, California, and their correspondence led to Svetlana becoming a mail-order bride, fleeing her increasingly dreary prospects in post-Soviet Moscow with seven-year-old Markosian and her older brother in tow. This book is a retelling of the family's first years in the US, imagined as an episode from the soap opera Santa Barbara-the first American show allowed on Russian television in the 1990s. For many families, including Markosian's, this soap opera symbolized the opportunities of America and the West
Diana Markosian (born in Moscow, 1989) is a Russian-American photographer of Armenian descent. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2019), World Press Photo Award (2019), Magnum Foundation Fund Grant (2018), Chris Hondros Fund Award (2015), Firecracker Grant (2014), and Magnum Foundation Emerging Photographer Fund grant (2013). She holds an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Lynda Myles was a scriptwriter for twenty-two years on Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and One Life to Live, among other TV shows. She received two Daytime Emmys as part of the Santa Barbara Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.
Afmetingen: 23,4 x 15,5 cm