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Mila Pavan July 15, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Russia.

Military school cadet waiting alone to return home. Siberia, Russia.

Mila Pavan (b.1977, Italy) studied photography at ICP in New York, USA. She worked in the International Center for communication research and communication development Fabrica in Treviso as a photographer  and for newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ and Colors. Her work is focused on social and human rights stories. Recent projects include life in Russia, and pedeatric hospitals in the Ukraine. She is currently based in Germany.

About the Photograph:

“I first traveled to Moscow to document the lives of old people living in extreme poverty and it developed into a photography book “Above Zero” a journey into the city scapes and waste lands of Russia, focusing on faces, characters and the human condition in this country. Russia is a country of extremes: its communist past and its turbo-capitalist present, its crowded cities and its vast open spaces, the extremely rich and very poor, the colors of summer and the darkness of winter. There is no socialist regime anymore, but democracy is still fragile. Maybe it’s true that the Russian soul is simply too deep to fathom? All these fascinating contradictions have brought me back to Russia time and time again in order to try to understand this seemingly endless country and its enigmatic people.”


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