LEAH BENDAVID-VAL

Photography Books

Tolstoy Song Without Words
The Photographs & Diaries of
Countess Sophia Tolstoy
2007, 240 pages

Sophia Tolstoy photographed her family and herself with enthusiasm and a strong instinct for composition. Self-portraiture was her most enduring theme. She matters to us now not only because she was the great Leo Tolstoy’s wife and photographed him wonderfully, and not just because of her surprising and consequential photographic legacy, but also because her longings—for a life filled with creativity, purpose, and love—mirror our own.

Tolstoy with Sister Maria, Crimea, 1901/2 Grandson Volodya Tolstoy, February 1903 Leo Tolstoy, Yasnaya Polyana, 1906 Leo Tolstoy with Sophia and Nieces Vera and Liza, 1901 Self Portrait, 1896 Self Portrait with Vanechka, Yasnaya Polyana, 1897
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