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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Photographer Reveals Peculiarities Of Russian Daily Life In A Unique Way

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Oof Me
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6 months 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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Agnes Jekyll
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6 months ago

Beautiful

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Harold Summer
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6 months 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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Marky Mark
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6 months ago

Russian cat in winter camouflage defending the motherland

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Kama
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6 months 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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6 months ago

The Beatles have arrived.

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MagicalUnicorn
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6 months ago

well timed photobomb

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CB KittyValet
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6 months ago

beautiful shot

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Beautiful image. Needs more upvotes.

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Eve

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David Beaulieu
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6 months ago

Looks like a Python sketch from the 60s.

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Living in memories of heroic past.

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Oof Me
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6 months ago

why are there models of human torsos?

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Brandy Grote
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6 months ago

Less well off? They have an ENTIRE HOG!

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Oof Me
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6 months ago

👍 cats!!!

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Cool colors.

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Anna Te
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6 months 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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6 months ago

That is beautiful!! Kinda gives me Harry Potter vibes

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Dana
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6 months ago

This isn't edited, right? The contrast is really cool!

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MRS FLASHMAN
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6 months ago

Cute

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Escaping to nature

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

What a contrast.

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Daria Z
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6 months ago

Beautiful light!

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Dana
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6 months ago

This is so cute!

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Seabeast
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6 months ago

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

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Seabeast
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6 months ago

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

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Wolfstar
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6 months ago

this is so precious oh my heart <3

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DKS 001
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6 months ago

soup kitchen?

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Seabeast
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6 months ago

Very dramatic shot. Deserves more upvotes.

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Weim Central
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6 months ago

Oh brother - same wish for this poor doggo!

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Trisha Steiner
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6 months ago

The endless steppes?

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Eagle Girl
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6 months ago

He has tears in his eyes..

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Dana
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6 months ago

Are they supposed to look like that?

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Daria Z
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6 months 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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6 months ago

the doggy's gonna help the old lady out

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CB KittyValet
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6 months ago

Stories in the body language! Awesome!

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Some Cool Guy
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6 months 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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6 months ago

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

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Dana
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6 months ago

I hope that isn't high up

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Harold Summer
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6 months ago

Classic beauty

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