National Geographic Russia at Photovernissage

National Geographic Russia photo correspondents Kirill Samursky and Alexander Sorin presented their works on September 24, 2009 at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg, as part of the "Man. The Cycle of Existence" photo exhibition.

The exhibition at the Manezh brings together the works of photographers who have witnessed and recorded rituals and ceremonial rites from various corners of the globe. The photographers present an exhibition on traditions and customs - that which accompanies us throughout our entire lives, and gives order and meaning to our existence.

The series of photographs by journalist, traveler and Orientalist Kirill Samursky, titled "21st Century Pagans," records the festive rituals and ceremonies at the gathering of pagan Slavic communities. Samursky journeyed to the Kaluga region where he recorded the images included in the exposition, and there he answered the question: What makes our fellow countrymen hearken back to ancient understandings of the world?

Photographer Alexander Sorin made his photo shoot on the theme of "koshering" in the Meah Shearim district in the heart of Jewish Jerusalem. Exhibition visitors will learn the significance and special place that religious tradition plays in the lives of Jerusalem's Orthodox Jews. The photographs tell a visual story of the curious ritual of koshering that involves cleaning household dishes from "hametz" (particles of leavened bread) with boiled water or an open flame.

The exhibition will run from September 24 through October 3, 2009 at the St. Petersburg Manezh Central Exhibition Hall at Isaakiyevskaya Ploshchad, building 1 (through the parade entrance from the side of Isaakiyevskaya Ploshchad.) The exhibition will be open daily from 12:00 noon until 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at www.manege.spb.ru and www.national-geographic.ru.