On 11 May, personal exhibition of Boriss Kolesnikovs, the photographer and freelance photo reporter of the journal “Jurista Vārds” (“Lawyer’s Word”) was opened at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. Among 54 portraits of Latvian lawyers, there are also several portraits of former and current judges of the Supreme Court.

At the opening of the exhibition, the author said that these mainly have been extra photos, which have not been published in “Jurista Vārds”, because the style book of the journal stipulates particular frame for the photo.  When creating this exhibition, Boriss Kolesnikovs has reviewed his really abundant photo archive and selected photos, where lawyers have been seen as humans. Photos are both rich in emotions and philosophically contemplating. The same may also be said about photos of Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, together with Estonian and Lithuanian colleagues, and unusual portraits of judges Veronika Krumina, Peteris Dzalbe, Andris Gulans, Jautrite Briede, Janis Neimanis, and former judges Gunars Aigars, Kalvis Torgans, and Gvido Zemribo.

Experience of Boriss Kolesnikovs as of photo reporter exceeds 40 years. At his time, he had worked for the news agency “Latinform”, later LETA, in the official gazette “Latvijas Vēstnesis” and documented the most important Latvian historical processes – events, which took place during the Soviet regime, and, especially, events of the period of Awakening and new establishment of the Republic of Latvia upon restoration of independence.   

Currently he works as a freelance photo reporter of “Jurista Vārds”. Boriss Kolesnikovs has also taken photos at many conferences of Latvian Judges and conferences organised by the Supreme Court, and other events.

The photographer has spent this May in particularly festive mood:  on 4 May he received the State Award – the Order of Three Stars of IV rank, on 11 May he opened his exhibition, but next week he celebrates the 70th anniversary.

The photo exhibition “Lawyers in Close-up” may be seen at the premises of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia in Riga, 19 Raina boulevard, until 31 May.


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211