State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»
24 November 2016

The Opening of the Exhibition of Photos of The Seto People Made by B.S. Skobeltsyn from the nineteen fifties will be held on November 24 at 15.00 in The Museum of History of Pechory (Mezhdunarodnaya str., 6).

Boris Skobeltsyn was born on April 30, 1921 in Leningrad into a family with noble roots.  When The Great Patriotic War ended he studied architecture in The Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute. After graduating from the Institute he worked as an architect in The Pskov Restoration Workshop being the author and supervisor of restoration and conservation projects of numerous architectural monuments in Pskov and the Pskov Region. 
Boris Skobeltsyn’s photograph collection numbers well over 10000 photographic negatives of architectural monuments in Pskov and the Pskov Region. They include photos of landscapes, applied art, amateur art, modern architecture in Pskov and the Pskov Region, civil, rural and historical-revolutionary monuments, gardens and parks, ancient estates, places connected with Alexander Pushkin as well as monuments of Novgorod. The interest in photography grew out of the necessity to record monuments ofhistory and architecture photographically during their restoration.
The photographs by Boris Skobeltsyn are not only the documents testifying to the past but also an artistic reflection and interpretation of monuments and places. Having been educated as an architect and being a talented photographer Boris Skobeltsyn never thought of himself as a professional photographer. None-the- less his approach to photography was very serious. “He is a wonderful photographer who feels the picture composition, whether this be a man or nature or an architectural motive,”- said artist Peter Ossovskiy about Boris Skobeltsyn. 
The Exhibitions of Photos by B.S. Skobeltsyn were organized in Pskov and other towns of the Pskov Region, in Leningrad and the Leningrad Region, in Moscow, Dushanbe, Ulyanovsk and other cities. Photos by Boris Skobeltsyn are part of museum collection of The State Hermitage, The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St.Petersburg, The Shchusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow as well as several other museums. The archives of The Pskov Museum Reserve boast documents and personal belongings of Boris Skobeltsyn’s ancestors as well.
On July 11, 1995 Boris Skobeltsyn was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Pskov. A memorial plate has been mounted on the wall of the house where Boris Skobeltsyn lived. (Octyabr’skiy prospect, 40).
It is hard to underestimate Boris Skobeltsyn’s contribution to the preservation and development of Russian culture. He treated architectural monuments as sacred objects. He was able to convey the time which has stopped and the motion as well as the pulse of life in landscapes and portraits. He was a great professional in everything he did, whether it was restoration or photography. 
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