Russian photographer, journalist, and social worker Dmitry Markov is known for his gritty images in which he depicts the macabre peculiarities of Russian life, mostly of those that are less well-off. The photographer explains that the reason why he's drawn to the "ugly side of life" is because he considers himself to be a part of it. Half of the people he photographs he knows personally, and it shows since his photos always have an element of intimacy.

Born in Pushkin and currently residing in Pskov, the author has worked as a social worker focusing on youth problems and has been volunteering at an orphanage for 7 years, where he began to amass his body of work. But unfortunately, his camera got stolen there, and he decided to switch to something more comfortable, so he started using an iPhone. He says he doesn't care about the quality, and if he could, he'd sketch everything by hand.

More info: Instagram | Facebook | artsy.net

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Oof Me
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1 month ago

need more upvotes, amazing

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As strange as it may sound to some, the author likes it in his hometown of Pskov. He believes that for creative areas especially, a person can learn everything online, and there's no need to get bunched up in an expensive megacity. But he travels all over Russia as well, with some of his photos being from Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, various villages, and other places in the country. Regardless of the place, they all have Markov's signature style to them. His photos always tell a narrative or two about the photo itself and what's "outside" the photo: the everyday reality of people living in Russia. Markov has a great eye for composition, and his photos are always structurally sound, contrasting against the chaos that pertains to life seen in the pictures.

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Opazi Marcha
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1 month ago

This deserves more upvotes.

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

Strong, proud, and confidant. You go, ladies.

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Even though the content of the imagery is self-evident, one struggles to find the exact words to describe what's being seen in the picture. They have a little bit of candidness and intimacy, and a little bit of harsh honesty of realism, while at the same time, they're bizarre, uncanny, and magical. It's as paradoxical as the way of Russian life that he's so immersed in capturing. It's reminiscent of a painting genre known as magical realism, the only difference being the medium. This distinct style may one day be called "photographic magical realism."

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Don't. Move.

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Kama
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1 month ago

Heart breaking

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Dmitry had his humble beginnings, but now he's a well-respected, full-fledged professional. In 2015, he was awarded a Getty Images Instagram Grant. His works have been exhibited across Russia, Paris, New York, and other parts of the world. His Instagram has amassed 445k loyal followers over the years. He also recently published a book called "Draft" in which he goes more into depth about his background and photography, showcasing his selected works. If you want to buy his photos, you can do that at the Artsy link above. Have a nice viewing experience!

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

The Beatles have arrived.

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

well timed photobomb

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Barry Patterson
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1 month ago

The mother ship is here. Is everyone ready? Sascha! Where are your shoes? The ship is ready to leave.

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

Beautiful image. Needs more upvotes.

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Catlady6000
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1 month ago

Take your calcium, ladies. I'm serious.

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

Yes, I would like to relive 2018 as well.

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Weim Central
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1 month ago

Love how it extends beyond the paper

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

The body shop

Kristina Funkycrew
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1 month ago

Ah but this is after hours at a local bazar - mannequins are empty cos all the clothes were put away.

Must Be Bored Again
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1 month ago

Thanks for the clarification.

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Paizleypie
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1 month ago

Torsos for sale! Get your torsos here!

Fabulous Otaku
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1 month ago

what-

Babs L
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1 month ago

Everyone needs a friend !

Shopper East
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1 month ago

The Vodka is so strong at this bar, it makes people legless and makes them throw all their clothes off too!

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Human 'butcher style' shoppe..

Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

This one IS peculiar...

Oof Me
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1 month ago

why are there models of human torsos?

Seabeast
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1 month ago

They're store mannequins.

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

Bringing home the bacon!

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Eagle Girl
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1 month ago

The Original Cat Ladies

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

Cool colors.

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Anna Te
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1 month ago

This picture I really like. There is so much to see and the girls look happy 😁

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Dana
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1 month ago

That is beautiful!! Kinda gives me Harry Potter vibes

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sabocat
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1 month ago

I've seen boxes at the entrances of church courtyards with skirts and head scarfs. During lunch break, people pop into church for a quick prayer but they're wearing office clothes. That's what the box is for.

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MRS FLASHMAN
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1 month ago

Cute

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

Escaping to nature

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Jeannine Pope
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1 month ago

The tension of this picture: What is she waiting for?

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

Beautiful light!

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Dana
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1 month ago

This is so cute!

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

"So me and my friend were sitting around shooting the breeze..."

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

Ice fishing! All the monotony of fishing plus the misery of winter!

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Wolfstar
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1 month ago

this is so precious oh my heart <3

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Eriu
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1 month ago

I'm glad I scrolled through all - this is the best photo! I can smell and feel it.

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Seabeast
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1 month ago

Very dramatic shot. Deserves more upvotes.

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Weim Central
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1 month ago

Oh brother - same wish for this poor doggo!

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citi cat
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1 month ago

eerie & beautiful.

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Gin
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1 month ago

Seems like it could be either an army or prison situation. "Верх" tattoo means 'top/boss' and "До смерти" means 'til death'.

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Dana
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1 month ago

Are they supposed to look like that?

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Daria Z
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1 month ago

Ha, we used to play on such garage or storage boxes when we were their age.

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postboredom
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1 month ago

the doggy's gonna help the old lady out

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CB KittyValet
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1 month ago

Stories in the body language! Awesome!

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Some Cool Guy
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1 month ago

This is the one that says Russia to me. So much detail. I'm going to sketch it.

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Harold Summer
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1 month ago

The universal delight of a well-aimed snowball. Photographer beware.

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Dana
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1 month ago

I hope that isn't high up

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postboredom
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1 month ago

Lovely eyes. The background complements her well too. (but I feel something's missing or is it just me?)

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