Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent years and years discovering and documenting infinite layers of St. Petersburg. His wide collection - not only beautiful, but also grotesque - invites outsiders to step inside the raw and unpredictable streets and experience them without a filter, common for polished postcards or travel documentaries.

Petrosyan received his first camera as a birthday present when he was 12, but he quit and came back to photography multiple times, before finally turning professional in 2000. His biggest inspiration comes from the streets of St. Petersburg, where he has lived his whole life. From the times of the Russian Empire, to the near destruction during World War II, and the rebirth under Vladimir Putin - the city is full of history, and Alexander knows every corner of it by heart. "This is my world," he says.

Now a full-time photojournalist, Alexander doesn't leave his home without a camera and a backup battery. "Perception depends on many different factors," he says. "But if the picture is taken with a certain energy, the viewer will feel it, regardless of geography and culture."

More info: aleksandrpetrosyan.com | Instagram | Facebook (h/t: dyt)

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SelfieSticker101🤳🏻❤️😜🏆 2 years ago

Seems relaxing!

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Noah Fehks 2 years ago

that cat smile,...

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Bridgette David 2 years ago

Me at family dinners.

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Country_princess 2 years ago

That would be nice to do

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Jen Hazlett 2 years ago

I love this.

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Cathy Shift 2 years ago

don't worry folks, she's goth not emo.

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

She just took the "walk of shame" to a whole new level

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John L 2 years ago

Streetwise cow, who knows where she is going in life.

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

this makes me SO SAD

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

Shes trying to watch her stories

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Sajib Tanvir 2 years ago

Amazing

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Cathy Shift 2 years ago

... and zero ducks were given.

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Cathy Shift 2 years ago

this is the most moving photo in the entire gallery.

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Cheryl Adams 2 years ago

Great composition.

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Sophia Bozok 2 years ago

Omg I used to be that girl. What was I thinking?

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

And i thought London had a pigeon problem!!

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AcousticGString 2 years ago

Don't let Putin catch you!

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

When you wake up and don't know how you got there

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

He's just doing his part to help put out the fire!

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Miglė Makauskaitė 2 years ago

Lenin with Stalin?

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Christina Wood 2 years ago

This is a glorious picture. Would love a big canvas print of it.

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Amanda Cariker 2 years ago

Dear god make me a bird....

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Charlotte Smeets 2 years ago

the whole series is kind of post-apocalyptic

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Cahit Andaç 2 years ago

wow Russians took human cloning to whole new level -_-

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

" Do ya hear the one about Putin'...??

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TheReader19 2 years ago

This picture is so sad, the kid look so poor. However; kids are always so positive and happy no matter what their situation

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Cathy Shift 2 years ago

what is it with russians and mannequins?

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Andrew Cas 2 years ago

Wow a day in the Aussie outback only Russia

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Sarai Morrissette 2 years ago

Russian crazy cat lady

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Marissa Gracey 2 years ago

Don't worry! I'll catch you!

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Thomas O'Keefe 2 years ago

"Tell the world my story!"

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Thomas O'Keefe 2 years ago

Monday's are universal.

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Constantin Cramaroc 2 years ago

I love this photo, well done

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

What the &#$@ is happening here?

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Cathy Shift 2 years ago

they're wearing dress pants. thank you, i'll be here all week.

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Polianne Gonzalez 2 years ago

Ok now I absolutely love it that camera oh my God I'm going to Russia just to get one of those camera beautiful just beautiful

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Jonathan Eatsalot 2 years ago

Eyes up honey

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Looks like she's helping a miniature man up the ladder

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Fire Bird 2 years ago

Napolean

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Bogdan Ionescu 2 years ago

These photo are so cringey! They're magnificent!

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Ana Super 2 years ago

Look at the dog eyes so dreamy...

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Polianne Gonzalez 2 years ago

Love how his posing

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Jake Malone 2 years ago

Nobody is holding their crotch and only one guy has his legs crossed. What picture are you looking at?

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Katarina Bbaale 2 years ago

Pride and prejudice

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Tipsy King 2 years ago

Why take limos when you can take pony

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Meowoui 2 years ago

The kitty pied piper

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Cayman 2 years ago

Anyone else think of the Shining?

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Meowoui 2 years ago

WOW, you are right it is COLD.

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Andrew Cas 2 years ago

Plucka duck just plucked

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

you know what she's thinking ... "F*CK YOU!" lol

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Deneille Smith 2 years ago

Super!

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Richard Cabrera 2 years ago

...is he staring at me again?

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Πέτρος Μπουρνιάς 2 years ago

In Soviet Russia cats and dogs are comrades..

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Tim Dressler 2 years ago

Just, "Wow!"

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Idontactuallyliketurtles 2 years ago

Me when I remember there is school tomorrow

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Meowoui 2 years ago

Just like here, cover over the man holes, come back later to dig them up again.

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jevais 2 years ago

Very hard conditions are what most people have to put up with in so many countries throughout the world

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Gábor Lendvai 2 years ago

Pyramid Head: The Early Years

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Pobin Rice 2 years ago

FAKE!!! no Russian ever wasted alcohol. EVER.

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Meowoui 2 years ago

No, I didn't do it I swear.

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Sophia Bozok 2 years ago

That's a rare fashion

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Polianne Gonzalez 2 years ago

You have to be this tall

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Sofia Lindström 2 years ago

eh ok

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jevais 2 years ago

Poor babushka. So sad to see such elderly people obliged to work. In the USA this also is often the case. Old age pensions are so low or not existent.

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Fire Bird 2 years ago

finally, a picture where the weather doesnt look so cold and miserable.

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Bridgette David 2 years ago

?!

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Katarina Bbaale 2 years ago

The light in it so gorgeous

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Miglė Kartanaitė 2 years ago

The author of the picture with boy - Antanas Sutkus

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jevais 2 years ago

Unbelievable the horrid living conditions.

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Pobin Rice 2 years ago

Did some one drop a contact?

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frederic eeckman 2 years ago

For those who wonder what it is, it says "toilet".

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Sua Kang 2 years ago

I have so many questions about every single photo

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