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.
explores the delicate balance of the scenic and the mundane, and documents the way ideals of picturesque landscapes literally overlap conventional structures in the American West.
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.
Each image in this real-life documentary photobook about Israel has a surreal edge to it. Combined, they build into a sweaty-palm, fever-dream composite of a society gone wrong. David Lynch would be hard pressed to create more convincingly weird images.
Indian Coffee Houses are — and have been — the social gathering places for talking about everything from politics to philosophy to revolution. Here is an intimate view of the customers, staff and unique funky interiors of tea shops from throughout the country. Photos, essay and video too!