The real treasures of Russia are often hidden within remote places. Some photographers set out on journeys to faraway lands; others scour their daily life. But they are all looking for the same thing: the real Russia – its body, its soul, its myth. Russia’s urbanization discrepancies are striking: 93% of the population lives on a third of the territory. The big cities continue to gather more and more of the Russian population as they are seeking more comfort and modernity. Beyond the urban border there is scarcely anyone: in some places, population density does not exceed one person per square kilometer. But it is in those remote, isolated places, far from everything and with little infrastructure, that you will find Russia’s real treasures. Far from a rosy, smooth, and seamless picture, you will find a modern tale that mirrors reality: sometimes weird, crazy, sad, eerie, elusive… The Russian spirit lives on with the locals, on their lands, in its own time and with its own history.
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