Life through the eyes of an American Siberian bandits
• Life Siberian bandits eyes American
Several years ago, an intrepid American photographer Bruce Gilden, known for his shooting, "street life", went to the Urals. The godforsaken village, 70 km from Yekaterinburg, he found a kind of "middle ages" - that characterizes the life of American gangsters from the Russian hinterland, with whom he happened to meet. And this is not surprising, as seen and captured on Bruce camera can cause a shock not only American, but also the average Russian.
The photographer spent several days side by side with criminals, drug addicts and other "lost people".
"Russian smart and very dangerous. Many look as if born as a result of incest. And they do not mind to be photographed ", - says Bruce.
During the filming Gilden bought his new "friends" vodka and chicken to enter the trust.
The protagonists of the series photos of Bruce became a bandit Sergey Polovtsiev nicknamed the "Boar" and his fellow cronies.
According to Bruce, "Sergei can break you in half with his bare hands, but he's a good guy."
The last time he was imprisoned, defending his mother. The abuser received serious injuries.
cat tattoo on his leg Sergei means "indigenous inhabitants Prisons" (CAT Abbreviation).
"I used to be 100% thug, but now there is no - says Sergei - now I got older, smarter and tired of it, because I do not want to go back to jail." Now Sergey "businessman" - he is the "roof" of Tajik trucks transporting drugs, and "resolve issues".
Bruce called his photo series "Picnic with Sergei." Footage taken during the outing - his favorite.
Vasiliy Novoselov, also known as "Grandfather", served for the murder of his stepfather. Bruce admits that this photo - staging. However, the photographer said that it could not be better reflects the hopelessness of life in the Russian provinces, "This is a cry not only that they are stuck in the middle of nowhere, but that they absolutely nowhere to go."
All the characters live shooting in the cycle of vodka, violence and crime, guided by the well-known proverb, "before you sit - get out early."
"I love bad boys - says Bruce - My father was a bandit. I always liked the people with the "dark side."
Eugene "Sawa" Savelyev, a thug and a drug addict. At the time of photographs he is 37 years old. "I chose this path. I do not know why. This is my life".
Yuriy Potapenko 56 years, 30 of which he spent in prison. Now Yuri rehabilitated and works in the public organization that helps former prisoners, in Yekaterinburg.
Just one of the former prisoners with whom the organization works of Yuri.
Another Sergei, also a businessman.
"Bandits fascinate me. I do not judge them. I find them much "more honest" law-abiding people. They - are what they really are and do what they are doing, "- explains the photographer.
Bruce was always attracted to marginalized populations. Among his previous works - portraits of members of the Mafia Yakuza in Japan, members of motorcycle gangs, beggars and prostitutes.
"If I make photos - they are not graceful and elegant. They're tough, "- says Bruce about his work.
At first he practiced photography as a hobby, and made a living by working as a taxi driver. But gradually, photography became his main profession, and he reached into her biggest success: become a member of the famous photo agency "Magnum", published more than ten books and has received several prestigious international awards.