Simple & Difficult Russia: Photo Collection Of Anna Skladmann
Just found some interesting pictures from a personal photography collection of Anna Skladmann, a German photographer that lives and works between New York and Moscow. During travelling and living in Russia, Anna made a few series of photos which show us simple and the same time difficult life of Russian young and adult people.
This series of portraits depicts the generation of young people born in the year of 1991 in Russia. It is the exploration of a society that has been born in the same year as the fall of communism and today celebrates their 20th Anniversary.
Ivan Bukin, Orthodox Seminarian, Sergeyev Possad.
– I don’t appreciate the immigration of Muslims to Russia. I think they are very aggressive people.
Taissa Dzhamaleva, Journalist, Grozny, Chechnya.
– I don’t have a single photo from my childhood. Nobody would take photos in front of ruins back then.
Kristina Sklonnaya, Esoteric, Moscow.
– My dream is to live in Mexico. I’ve been there through the Astral, and it looks wonderful.
Yevgeniy Yefimov, Conductor, St. Petersburg.
– It pains me that my country is producing nothing apart from gas and oil.
Mikhail Nossov, Gay, Moscow.
– I remember that I went to the last elections, but I forgot who I voted for…
Svetoslav Volkov, National Socialist, Lyubertsy.
– Russia for the Russians, Europe for the Europeans.
Tatyana Savvova, Physical Education Teacher, Moscow.
– You can buy everything at my university, even if you don’t study at all.
Marat Dupri, Roofer, Moscow.
– I would like to live in Switzerland, where everything is so well-arranged and orderly.
Maksim Bushuyev, Veterinary Assistant, Kondrovo.
– It’s getting greener, the roads and sidewalks are getting repaired. I don’t want to leave my place.
Elena Sanitskaya, Student and Secretary of “Young Guard” Office, Smolensk.
– Vladimir Putin is a man who’s aware of his responsibility.
Yevgeniy Nikolayev, Traceur, Kaluga.
– Acknowlegding that you are nothing makes you everything.
Anastassiya Silenskaya, PR-director, Moscow.
– What I don’t like about living in Moscow? Bad music in the clubs and not enough sun.
Anastassia Korniyenko, Young Mother, Kaluga.
– I believe that it’s possible to be not corrupt, even in a corrupt environment.
Vera Kichanova, Oppositional Journalist, Moscow.
– Putin is a former KGB agent. He turned Russia into an authoritarian state.
Maksim Matlakov, Chess Grand Master, St. Petersburg.
– What I like so much about this game? It’s that duel – only you and your rival.
Irina Altukhova, nearly Miss Russia and Hobby Model, Moscow.
– Today you have the right of choice: Do you want a pink sofa or a red one?
The series ‘Little Adults‘ explores what it feels like to grow up as a privileged child in Russia. Entering this recently emerged society of the ‘upper class’ in the manner of a court painter reflects the history and future of Russia.
Nikita and Alina at the Italian Embassy, Moscow, 2009.
Vova standing in his grandfather’s theatre, Moscow, 2010.
Roman at the tattoo parlor, Moscow, 2009.
Etia in her bedroom, Moscow, 2009.
Alina standing outside the dacha, Moscow, 2009.
Eva in her living room, Moscow, 2008.
Lyuba, the oldest of three sisters, lying on her daybed, Moscow, 2009.
Natasha inside the costumery warderobe (on the left) & Uma in her father’s restaurant (on the right), Moscow, 2009.
Vadim on his roof terrace, Moscow, 2009.
Arina in her garage, Moscow, 2009.
Nastia’s younger brother shooting at ballerinas, Moscow, 2008.
Arina at the Horse Club, Moscow, 2009.
Lisa inside her father’s antique store, Moscow, 2010.
Liza, Katya and Sofia in her mother’s jewelry store, Moscow, 2009.
This ongoing series is a collection of memories from the picturesque seaside resort of Sochi. Sochi is going through a transformation from an old soviet Riviera to starling contrasting glamour of the 2014 winter Olympics.
In the western world, we are overwhelmed by packaged, ready-made and branded food produce, little oasis of simple organic produce exist in all corners of Russia. Most of them are surviving due to dedicated and hard work of small local farmers.