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Russian Village Life in Black and White

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This article originally appeared at Sputnik


Against a shifting backdrop of Soviet and Russian history, Russian photographer Misha Maslennikov shares the contours of his life as artist and theologian through striking black and white images, taken in all corners of his nation.

"Everything I put into my photography is a story of my life. For me photography is a story of my experience in fine arts, of the people I meet and of the country I live in… And if I have the strength and, suddenly, a bit of luck, — perhaps of something bigger."

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Blessing of the Waters. Village of Pogost, Pudozh district, Karelia, Russia. August 2007 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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Refilling transport. Settlement of Ugolnie Kopi, Chukotka, Russia. September 2007 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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Chukchi entertainments. Settlement of Lorino, Chukotka, Russia. September 2007 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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Children at the Liturgy. Village of Poteryaevka, Mamontovo district, Altai territory, Russia. July 2008 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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The Dragonfly. Village of Poteryaevka, Mamontovo district, Altai territory, Russia. July 2008 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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The archimandrite. Village of Belyaevo, Kiknur district, Kirov Region, Russia. June 2010 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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Jump in a river creek. Near farm of Senshin, village of Oblivskaya district, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. July 2010 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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On a road fork. Farm of Senshin, village of Oblivskaya district, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. October 2010 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov
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Cossack Valerka. Standing in all growth in a saddle. Rostov region, Russia. October 2010 | Photo: Misha Maslennikov

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