Andrei Osipovich Karelin
1837 - 1906
Russian painter and photographer of the XIX - XX centuries, the founder of the genre of art photography, a member of the Russian Photographic Society. Prokudin-Gorsky wrote an obituary to him. Having written that Karelin “was the first to prove to the whole world with his many photographic etudes-compositions, that art and photography are in the closest direct connection, that the imagination of the artist-photographer, his graceful taste in the choice of plot-paintings full of thoughts, can be of full use in photography” . (A.O. Karelin // Fotograf-liubitel 1906. No. 9. P.285-286).