The lesson of Countess Sonya Tolstoy

Posted by George on May 9th, 2012 in Opinion, Publications

One the site of Elaine Zimbel under the category of “Book Reviews” you will find ” Sophia Tolstoy – A Biography” by Alexandra Popoff dealing with Sophia Tolstoy, the wife of Leo Tolstoy. After reading about this devoted multi tasker we are full of sympathy for all she had to bear in that crazy relationship and the dignity with which she carried it off. http://www.elainezimbel.com/category/book-reviews


Then we find that she was an extraordinary & imaginative photographer who worked with an early glass plate Kodak camera, developing & printing her work in a darkroom under the mansion stairs! After you read Elaine’s review you may feel ashamed if you ever complain that you don’t have time to devote to your passion – photography.

“Song Without Words, the Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy”, by Leah Bendavid-Val. (National Geographic Society)
[Autoportraits by Countess Sophia Tolstoy]

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