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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Photographer
Mikhail Lebedev
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Mikhail Lebedev
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Gomma Photography Grant 2022 Finalists

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

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Photographer

Mikhail Lebedev

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11 Jan, 2023

This project focuses on drug related crimes in Russia and the darknet influence on this process. For shooting I've used broken digital camera, which deforms images. In my opinion, this visual way emphasizes the deforming influence of drugs on the human personality and discloses relations between the darknet and us. Also this visual approach accorded well with traditions of documentary photography. On one hand I don't process my photos, on the other hand it invites us to think about the nature of the photographic images. The darknet and a digital camera have one origin — binary code. In Russia, 25-50 percent of prisoners are serving sentences for drug-related crimes. There are two major factors for that. Firstly, drugs are easily accessible today. You can buy all kinds of drugs on online marketplaces on the darknet. All you need to have is Smartphone and Tor browser. Secondly, the situation is complicated by extremely repressive legislation. Drug addicts are one of the most discriminated groups in Russian society. I have shot people who have had sentences for drug-related crimes. I also have shot the urban landscape, the places where dealers hide "bundles" (drugs) the most often.

About the photographer

Mikhail Lebedev

ebedev Mikhail is a documentary photographer and photojournalist from St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2019 he graduated from School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc (Saint - Petersburg). He works as a photographer and film director. The most important part of his professional life is personal projects. He is inspired by: hidden communities, progress and its consequences.Awards 2022 |Award of Excellence - Cultural Practices - POY ASIA 2020 | Finalist of the International Photography Grant 2020 | Finalist of the KAUNAS PHOTO STAR Award 2020 | Winner of a scholarship from the VII Academy at the photo Agency VII.2020 | Finalist of The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. PORTRAIT PRIZE. Single images 2020 | Laureate of the contest «Young Photographers of Russia». 2020 | Special Jury Mention, Finalist of The Efremov photo contest. 2020 | Finalist of the Kolga photo contest. Tbilisi, Georgia 2020 | Second place in the nomination «Portrait». Rovinj Photodays photo festival with the series Restaurateurs by chance 2019 | International Photography Grant nominee Education 2021 | Participant of the 2021 the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2021 | Participant of the 2021 Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclasses 2020 |Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: Seminar from the photo Agency VII 2018 -2019|Documentary photography and photojournalism at «DocDocDoc» school, Russia Exhibitions and screening 2022 | Group exhibition| POY Asia 2021 |Solo exhibition | PHOTO IS:RAEL 2020 |Group exhibition | «Dialogue of culture» in The State Hermitage Museum 2020 |Group exhibition | The Other Hundred Healers |Hong Kong 2020 |Solo exhibition | KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2020 |Group exhibition | The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2020 |Group exhibition | «Young Photographers of Russia» 2020 |Group exhibition |Rovinj Photodays photo festival 2019 |Solo exhibition | Berlin festival «Red Square» 2019 |Group exhibition | «Young Photographers of Russia»2018 |Group exhibition |«Young Photographers of Russia»