In my opinion, Pushkin's era - the last time in the race, where our imagination can still enter without a passport, giving details of life features, borrowed from painting, which was then still maintained a monopoly in the visual arts. Just think, living Pushkin 2-3 years, and we would have a picture of him. One more step, and he would come out of the darkness, the rich nuances and full of beautiful hints where he remains firmly entered in our dull day that lasts a hundred years. Here are what I consider important enough: photography - these few square centimeters of the world - will unveil in 1840 a new era in the image, continuing to the present day, will open so that from that date, which did not live up to either Byron or Pushkin, or Goethe, we are at the mercy of our modern understanding, and in this view of all the celebrities of the second half of the 19th century. take the form of distant relatives, dressed all in black, as if they were in mourning for the former rainbow of life, whose portraits are always in the corners of the sad and dark rooms, with a soft but heavy with dust drapery in the background. From now on, this dim home light guides us through a century grisaille; it is very possible that there will come a time when this era strengthen photos in turn show us the artistic lie, compelled someone's particular taste, but it is still not the case, and - how lucky our imagination! - Pushkin was old and should never wear this heavy cloth with intricate folds, this dark clothes of our ancestors with a little black tie and a snap-on collar.