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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Noah Fehks 1 year ago

that cat smile,...

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Bridgette David 1 year ago

Me at family dinners.

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Country_princess 1 year ago

That would be nice to do

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Jen Hazlett 1 year ago

I love this.

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Cathy Shift 1 year ago

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

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Amanda Panda 1 year ago

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

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John L 1 year ago

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

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

this makes me SO SAD

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Shes trying to watch her stories

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Sajib Tanvir 1 year ago

Amazing

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Cathy Shift 1 year ago

... and zero ducks were given.

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Cathy Shift 1 year ago

this is the most moving photo in the entire gallery.

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Cheryl Adams 1 year ago

Great composition.

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Sophia Bozok 1 year ago

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

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

And i thought London had a pigeon problem!!

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AcousticGString 1 year ago

Don't let Putin catch you!

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

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

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Amanda Panda 1 year ago

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

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Miglė Makauskaitė 1 year ago

Lenin with Stalin?

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Christina Wood 1 year ago

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

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Amanda Cariker 1 year ago

Dear god make me a bird....

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Charlotte Smeets 1 year ago

the whole series is kind of post-apocalyptic

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Cahit Andaç 1 year ago

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

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

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

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TheReader19 1 year 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 1 year ago

what is it with russians and mannequins?

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Andrew Cas 1 year ago

Wow a day in the Aussie outback only Russia

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Sarai Morrissette 1 year ago

Russian crazy cat lady

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Marissa Gracey 1 year ago

Don't worry! I'll catch you!

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Thomas O'Keefe 1 year ago

"Tell the world my story!"

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Thomas O'Keefe 1 year ago

Monday's are universal.

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Constantin Cramaroc 1 year ago

I love this photo, well done

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Amanda Panda 1 year ago

What the &#$@ is happening here?

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Cathy Shift 1 year ago

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

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Polianne Gonzalez 1 year 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 1 year ago

Eyes up honey

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Amanda Panda 1 year ago

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

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Fire Bird 1 year ago

Napolean

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Bogdan Ionescu 1 year ago

These photo are so cringey! They're magnificent!

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Ana Super 1 year ago

Look at the dog eyes so dreamy...

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Polianne Gonzalez 1 year ago

Love how his posing

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Jake Malone 1 year 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 1 year ago

Pride and prejudice

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Tipsy King 1 year ago

Why take limos when you can take pony

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Meowoui 1 year ago

The kitty pied piper

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Cayman 1 year ago

Anyone else think of the Shining?

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Meowoui 1 year ago

WOW, you are right it is COLD.

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Andrew Cas 1 year ago

Plucka duck just plucked

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Amanda Panda 1 year ago

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

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Deneille Smith 1 year ago

Super!

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Richard Cabrera 1 year ago

...is he staring at me again?

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Πέτρος Μπουρνιάς 1 year ago

In Soviet Russia cats and dogs are comrades..

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Tim Dressler 1 year ago

Just, "Wow!"

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Idontactuallyliketurtles 1 year ago

Me when I remember there is school tomorrow

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Meowoui 1 year ago

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

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jevais 1 year 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 1 year ago

Pyramid Head: The Early Years

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Pobin Rice 1 year ago

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

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Meowoui 1 year ago

No, I didn't do it I swear.

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Sophia Bozok 1 year ago

That's a rare fashion

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Polianne Gonzalez 1 year ago

You have to be this tall

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Sofia Lindström 1 year ago

eh ok

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jevais 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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Katarina Bbaale 1 year ago

The light in it so gorgeous

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Miglė Kartanaitė 1 year ago

The author of the picture with boy - Antanas Sutkus

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jevais 1 year ago

Unbelievable the horrid living conditions.

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Pobin Rice 1 year ago

Did some one drop a contact?

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frederic eeckman 1 year ago

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

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Sua Kang 1 year ago

I have so many questions about every single photo

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Miyuki Nohara 1 year ago

children living in the street is the saddest part of all.

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PetruF 1 year ago

Done posing for the painting in the background. Going to the market