These photos are part of an ongoing series that I call a Visual Dictionary of Russia. I think of the series as a form of a contemporary guidebook or set of travel postcards.
I have no ultimate goal other than to capture and show Russian reality today, and to "fix" misconceptions that outsiders may have. I am trying to create an honest, critical portrait of society (the state) and provide my humble analysis through these photographs.
— AnaStasia Rudenko
Editor's note: Rudenko is still a young student, studying photography and multimedia in the Vologoda region of Russia. I think she has an especially perceptive eye for composition and subject matter, and I appreciate her short, sharp captions. We met at Portfolioreview Russia.
has been documenting environmentally impacted landscapes, as seen from the air, for more than 20 years. The large-format unaltered photographs reveal worlds that are alien, surreal, terrifying and beautiful.
Antarctica—the landscape of the mind. Delve deeper into's dizzying, beautiful abstractions made at the end of the earth.
Through images of nuclear test sites, Kander is not interested in storytelling, in documentary, in reportage—indeed, there are no easy facts to grasp when we gaze upon these desolate vistas—his work poses the kinds of questions that have no answers.