Lot #109 | The Witch Of Ladakh

by Sergey Melnikoff, a.k.a. MFF
Ladakh, India. 1994
Camera Pentax 67-II / 300mm Lens

● Size 15,7”x23,6” (51,5×41 cm)
● The ultraHD Photo Print Under 5 mm Thick Acrylic Glass
● Comes with a Wall Plaque of the Good Samaritan
● Free Worldwide Shipping in a Crate

Each MELNIKOFF artwork, which is available at our charity auction, maintaining its uniqueness and artistic value. By producing acrylic glass photographs at our production facility in Kyiv, we gives you the chance to own an exquisite work of art by one of the most well-known photographers in the world, as well as a historical memento created in Ukraine during the war.

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Lot Essay

Welcome to a world of exquisite art, where every piece tells a story and captures the essence of a moment in time. Today, we are thrilled to present to you a rarest photograph that has left art enthusiasts and critics in awe. This masterpiece is a photograph of an old woman from the high mountainous Indian province of Ladakh, taken by none other than the famous American photographer, Sergey Melnikoff a.k.a. MFF.

In 1994, MFF received personal permission from the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the closed states of Jammu and Kashmir, which were inaccessible to foreigners at that time. After reaching the “Road of Roerich” to Ladakh, the master found himself in a “photographic paradise”. The beauty of the region and the people captured his imagination, and he started to capture images that spoke volumes about the place and its people.

And then, he stumbled upon a moment that would become the highlight of his journey. “The Witch of Ladakh” – an old woman in national costume, caught his eye as she emerged from a dark alley. Using a telephoto lens on a medium-format film camera Pentax 67-II, MFF captured her essence in a way that only a true artist could. The result was a unique work of art that could become the diamond of any ethnographic collection of photographs.

The artwork “The Witch of Ladakh” is now being exhibited at a charity auction of the Soul of Ukraine, an International Charitable Foundation, in a single copy with a certificate of authenticity signed by the author of the photograph. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of art that speaks to the soul and captures the essence of a moment in time. No copies of this work will be made in the future, so this is truly a rare find.

For art enthusiasts and leading art galleries around the world, “The Witch of Ladakh” is a must-have addition to their collection. It is a masterpiece that will leave your guests in awe and spark conversations for years to come. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of art that captures the beauty of Ladakh and the spirit of its people. Join us at the Soul of Ukraine charity auction and make this exquisite artwork yours today.

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