Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 Editorial / Photo Essay

Kazan In February

  • Photographer
    Arthur Bauer
  • Technical Info
    Digital Photography
  • Photo Date
    2018 & 2020

Our image of Russia is characterized by authoritarianism, corrupt elites, and cultural backwardness. In contrast, we learn little about the lives of ordinary people. The ambivalent connection led to a photographic journey to Kazan – a city full of contrasts and possibilities, where Russian culture, Tatar tradition and modernity coexist peacefully. Yet beneath the surface of a city on the move, dividing lines become visible in everyday life: They run between a Soviet-socialized generation and a youth culturally oriented towards the West. Between material status and artistic self-realization.