Alexander Mikhailovich

The Baltimore Sun

Alexander Mikhailovich, a photographer who specialized in architectural and art photography, died of emphysema Sunday at his Hartsdale, N.Y., home. The former Mount Washington resident was 80.

Born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in the former Soviet Union, he worked with publishers to make photo albums of the architectural sites of St. Petersburg as well as of collections at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. As a young man, Mr. Mikhailovich traveled in Siberia as a freelance photographer, taking pictures of indigenous peoples and their rituals.

After emigrating and settling his family in Baltimore in 1979, he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's photo studio from 1980 to 1990 and spent the 1990s photographing New York City. He commuted weekly to New York before moving there in 2000.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sharon Gardens Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Gita Druyan; a son, Simon Mikhailovich of Scarsdale, N.Y.; and two granddaughters.

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