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Dubbed “wonderfully surreal” (and “slightly insane”), Rimaldas Viksraitis is renowned for his uncompromising and honest look at rural Lithuanian life—in this exclusive interview, we share never-before-published pictures and get touchingly personal insight into this master’s view on the world.
In the world of Lithuanian photography, Rimaldas Vikšraitis is one of the top names—and one of the most mysterious.
His home was surrounded by uninviting wooden fences and intense dog barking. I constructed a darkroom in my attic and bought a Smena at the village store [ ]. Every time I move, I get acquainted with the people around me. For example, I've spent four or five years in this village and even though my neighbors come to visit, they have no idea I'm a photographer or an artist. Do you consider it documentary, or is it closer to surrealism? But the bigger part is documentary—perhaps, documentary overlaid with reality.
Finally, a small crooked figure emerged from the porch. He greeted me warmly and I entered his hideout: a place of exciting pictures and engaging conversation. LA: How did you first become interested in photography? In just three years, I had become a serious photographer. During the winter, when it's hard to shoot, I try to revisit the old negatives and find something interesting that I've missed. LA: What do the people in your pictures think of your work? In my experience, some of them curse me, others are full of praise. I don't like staging pictures unless it's necessary for my idea.