Although, after years of change and decline, St. Petersburg's historic center once more emanates metropolitan splendor in the run-up to the 300th anniversary of the city's foundation, one just has to go to the first or second backyard off central Nevskij Prospect to find staircases littered with syringes - and to enter a different world. Photographs and interviews tell the stories of children and youths who live often on roofs and attics, five or six floors above the city's streets where they hope to find a kind of home. Here they sleep, here they can take drugs without being apprehended, and here, too, they make money from prostitution. "Karat" is the brand name of a shoe polish containing solvents that many of them inhale.
Publisher: Vice Versa, Berlin/ Nazraeli Press, Portland