Igor Palmin was born in Stalingrad (Volgograd) in 1933. His work in photography begins in the mid-1960s, when he became a cameraman in the Laboratory of Applied Photography and Cinematography of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and later he comes to the Novator Photo Club and starts participating in group exhibitions.
Since 1966, Igor Palmin comes close to the circle of non-conformists. He not only closely communicated with artists, but also shot their portraits and life. Ernst Neizvestny, Vladimir Nemukhin, Dmitry Plavinsky, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Vladimir Weisberg get into the lens of Palmin. Today, these photographs are becoming a mandatory documentary component of exhibitions of non-conformists. Informal art influenced on his photographic techniques. Speaking about his work, the author admits: “Weisberg is light for me. During my architectural shootings, I loved to watch the light sneak in and revitalize the ornaments of modern ... I always keep Weisberg in my head, even when I see, not take it off, as his light gives birth to an object, and not an object determines light.
With his main theme, architecture, Igor Palmin begins work in the 1980s years. At first, he made reproductions of design graphics by Soviet avant-garde architects of the 1920s. The final theme of architecture was for Palmin defining while working on the book by E. Borisova and G. Sternin “Russian Modern”. The experience of working with drawings affected his work with photography, in which he retains the vision of graphic forms. At the same time, Yury Palmin still considers documentary the main feature of the photograph. Both portraits and architecture, he takes mostly full-face, without using sharp angles, complex optical techniques or subsequent processing of the frame.
The results of the author’s cooperation with the publishing houses “Art”, “Soviet Artist”, “Soviet Writer” became the books “Russian Modern” (1990), “Moscow Mansions” (1997), “Russian Neoclassicism” (2002), “Other Art” (2005 ) and many others. For the book "Russian modern" and "Russian neoclassicism" Palmin was awarded the State Prize in the field of literature and art (2003).