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Pavel Prokopchik November 16, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Russia.
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From the series about alternative Russian youth. Utrish, Russia 2010

Pavel Prokopchik (b. 1982, Russia) grew up in Latvia, a part of the Soviet Union at that time. In 2001 he moved to the Netherlands. After receiving a BA in civil engineering he studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague where he received his degree in documentary photography (2009). His work has been published in De Volkskrant and The New York Times. Pavel has received a number of national and international photography awards including the latest from World Press Photo. In February 2012 Pavel exhibited his series about alternative Russian youth The Tribe at the FOAM photography museum in Amsterdam. He works as a freelance photographer, mainly focusing on long-term personal projects.

About the Photograph:

“This image was taken at a place called Utrish, which is a summer refuge for many alternative people from all over Russia. Utrish is situated on the cost of the Black Sea. It’s a nature resort, which consists of three lagoons between Bolshoy Utrish and Maliy Utrish. Local authorities are trying to get rid of all the hippies and turn this area into a commercial touristic destination. The two people in this picture are Lama and Nastya. Lama is one of the main characters of my ongoing long term project The Tribe about alternative youth in Russia.”

“He earns his living by selling psychedelic drugs, weed and hash living a nomadic lifestyle. The picture was taken upon arrival in Utrish after a sleepless night spent hitchhiking. After Lama left Utrish, Nastya met someone else and in about two months she was already pregnant. Since her new husband never finished higher education he couldn’t find a good job, so they were forced to move in with Nastya’s parents in St Petersburg, where the baby was born in June 2011. Lama was heartbroken when he found out that his girlfriend left him.”

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