Photographer Documents The Bizarre Peculiarities Of Russia Using His iPhone (40 Pics)

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.

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Photographer Reveals Peculiarities Of Russian Daily Life In A Unique Way

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Oof Me6 days ago

need more upvotes, amazing29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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.#2 

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Opazi Marcha6 days ago

This deserves more upvotes.20ReplyView more comments#3 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

Strong, proud, and confidant. You go, ladies.27ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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.”#4 

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postboredom6 days ago

Don’t. Move.19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

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Kama6 days ago

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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!#6 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

The Beatles have arrived.65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

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MagicalUnicorn6 days ago

well timed photobomb22ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

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Barry Patterson6 days ago

The mother ship is here. Is everyone ready? Sascha! Where are your shoes? The ship is ready to leave.31ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

Beautiful image. Needs more upvotes.22ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

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Catlady60005 days ago

Take your calcium, ladies. I’m serious.11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

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Seabeast6 days ago

Yes, I would like to relive 2018 as well.23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

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Some Cool Guy6 days ago

The body shop31ReplyView more comments#13 

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Weim Central6 days ago

Love how it extends beyond the paper23ReplyView more comments#14 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

Bringing home the bacon!23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

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Eagle Girl6 days ago

The Original Cat Ladies20ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://0c8b7989f84064c31d06c37f097a92c5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#16 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

Cool colors.18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

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Anna Te6 days ago

This picture I really like. There is so much to see and the girls look happy 16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

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Dana6 days ago

That is beautiful!! Kinda gives me Harry Potter vibes25ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

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MRS FLASHMAN6 days ago

Cute17ReplyView more comments#20 

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sabocat6 days 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.23ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

Escaping to nature11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

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Jeannine Pope6 days ago

The tension of this picture: What is she waiting for?19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

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Daria Z6 days ago

Beautiful light!10ReplyView more comments#24 

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Seabeast6 days ago

“So me and my friend were sitting around shooting the breeze…”23ReplyView more comments#25 

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Dana6 days ago

This is so cute!14ReplyView more comments#26 

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Seabeast6 days ago

Ice fishing! All the monotony of fishing plus the misery of winter!31ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

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Wolfstar6 days ago

this is so precious oh my heart <312ReplyView more comments#28 

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Seabeast6 days ago

Very dramatic shot. Deserves more upvotes.10ReplyView more comments#29 

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Weim Central6 days ago

Oh brother – same wish for this poor doggo!28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

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Eriu5 days ago

I’m glad I scrolled through all – this is the best photo! I can smell and feel it.17ReplyView more comments#31 

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citi cat5 days ago

eerie & beautiful.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

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Gin5 days ago

Seems like it could be either an army or prison situation. “Верх” tattoo means ‘top/boss’ and “До смерти” means ’til death’.15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

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CB KittyValet6 days ago

Stories in the body language! Awesome!16ReplyView more comments#34 

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Daria Z6 days ago

Ha, we used to play on such garage or storage boxes when we were their age.11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

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Some Cool Guy6 days ago

This is the one that says Russia to me. So much detail. I’m going to sketch it.13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

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postboredom6 days ago

the doggy’s gonna help the old lady out17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

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Harold Summer6 days ago

The universal delight of a well-aimed snowball. Photographer beware.23ReplyView more comments#38 

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postboredom6 days ago

Lovely eyes. The background complements her well too. (but I feel something’s missing or is it just me?)15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

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Dana6 days ago

I hope that isn’t high up10ReplyView more comments#40 

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Dana6 days ago

Are they supposed to look like that?27ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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