Popov Yuri Dmitrievich
29.11.1953 - 18.11.2014
Yura was true – a true professional, a true friend, a true father. A good-natured look, an open smile, a wise look. At the same time, almost comical appearance – short stature, bald head, big tummy. But with his appearance, any place came to life. An energetic, charming man with a camera and jokes did his job easily and casually. And masterpieces were born. He was not just a photographer, but a photographer in the highest sense of the word. Touching still lifes, picturesque landscapes, lyrical sketches, expressive portraits – in any genre he was able to find the best angle, build a stunning perspective, convey mood and feelings. He could be found at all important city events, everyone knew and appreciated him, he was always a welcome guest. But, being a very modest person, he never used personal acquaintances for selfish purposes. Rather, on the contrary – he was always ready to help with business or advice.
Born in the city of Tobolsk, Tyumen region, he was the sixth child in the family. The three older brothers served as a worthy role model and, to some extent, replaced the father who died early. The mother was engaged in the upbringing of children, and tried to give children a good education. After graduating from the eighth grade of secondary school No. 13, Yuri entered the Cultural and Educational College for the specialty "head of photo activity". During his studies, teachers noted his talent and personal qualities. In 1973, he was drafted into the Soviet Army. He served on the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline in the city of Svobodny, where the Far Eastern cosmodrome was subsequently built.
After being demobilized in 1975, he began working as a photographer. Soon he married Vera Zamyatina, whose daughter Nastya from her first marriage was already growing up. Yuri adopted a girl, and later the couple had a son, Dmitry. Unfortunately, life together did not work out, and the young people separated. In 1977, Yuri joined the city newspaper "Tobolsk Truth", where he was a staff correspondent until the last day of his life. He devoted 22 years to Tobolsk-Neftekhim, creating a photo chronicle of the city-forming enterprise. He shot a lot and with interest for the Tobolsk Drama Theater: scenes from performances, actors, important moments in the history of the theater. Yuri's second wife was Nina Novoselova. He accepted her son from his first marriage, Kolya, as his own. But, of course, the most beloved and closest person for him was his son Anton, who was common with Nina. He tried to convey to him everything he could himself. He taught me how to fix a car, make repairs, work in the country and, of course, fish. Fishing was not just his hobby, but also an opportunity to meet with friends, discuss the latest news, talk "for life".
At the initiative of colleagues, he became the prototype of the Monument to the photographer, which was installed near the editorial office of the newspaper "Tobolsk Truth". In memory of Yuri Dmitrievich, a mini-museum with personal belongings and awards was organized in the editorial office. The City Museum of Printing also has a stand dedicated to his bright personality. His image can also be seen on the panel in the center of the ceiling of the reception hall of the Siberia Hotel, among other legendary citizens of Tobolsk.