In St. Petersburg Russia, Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan recently stumbled upon thousands of photographs and undeveloped film rolls in the attic of their family home. They were created by her mother, Masha Ivashintsova, between 1960-1999 using a Leica IIIc and Rolleiflex on Svema film.
Like Vivian Maier's work, the photos are a time capsule of a place and time from the point of view of a female photographer focused on the act of creating photos and documenting moments. Seeing their own work, sharing the photos, or even developing their film seem to be less important motivators.
It is exciting when a treasure trove of photos is unearthed and shared. Who knows how many more are stashed in chests and boxes in dark corners of old homes. Masha's photos are now being shared in a traveling exhibition and her daughter is releasing print editions so Masha's work can move from an attic in Russia to homes all around the world.