Towards the Horizon

American Photography AP 33
FEP European Book Prize of the Year Award 2017

Emil Gataullin
Peter-Matthias Gaede
17 x 23,5 cm
256 pages, 129 photos

English, German, Russian
Hardcover, bound in linen,
„French Fold"-jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-16-6
October 2016

Towards the Horizon

He sees what others would overlook. He creates magic out of nothing. From the most banal everyday scenes he manages to form images that exude an extraordinary spell. Russian photographer Emil Gataullin is a master of poetic black-and-white photography, a photography reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson. His theme is the Russian village: a life far away from big decisions and sensations. Gataullin’s work is at the same time documentary and photographic poem, it dances on the thin line between deliberate sparseness and restraint and affectionate composition. Gataullin’s pictures neither glorify nor denigrate. They are a declaration of love for a Russia beyond Moscow. They prescribe nothing for the viewer – and are all the more mysterious for that. This magic world of Russian village life is accompanied by a poetic text by Peter-Matthias Gaede, GEO Editor-in-Chief of 20 years. Towards the Horizon won the Alfred Fried Photography Award 2014 and is volume 1 of the Visual Poetry series.


29 March – 19 May 2019
Espace Séraphine Louis
11 rue du Donjon
60600 Clermont-de-l'Oise

17 September – 15 October 2017

20 September – 26 October 2017
COSMOSgalerie, Paris  

10 November - 15 January 2017
GAF – Galerie für Fotografie in Hannover

This video shows how Emil Gataullin develops his exhibition prints:


Emil Gataullin

is a Russian monumental and fresco painter. He studied at the V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, he began to take an interest in photography, and found in photography theorist Alexander Lapin his teacher and mentor. His love is the black and white photography with increasingly frequent trips to color. Emil Gataullin is 44 years old and lives in Korolyov near Moscow.

Peter-Matthias Gaede

studied social sciences at the University of Göttingen and attended the Henri Nannen School of journalism. He worked at the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper for three years before joining GEO magazine in 1983 as a reporter. From 1994 to 2014 he served as Editor-in-Chief, not just of GEO magazine but also as Editor-in-Chief and Editor of GEO WISSEN, GEOlino, GEO Specials and other GEO spin-offs. Gaede has received, among others, the Theodor Wolff Prize and the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize. He is on the board of the Körber Foundation, Reporters without Borders and, since 2014, UNICEF Germany, as well as being a member of the Akademie für Publizistik.