Feature / Is(not) / Very hidden people by Adam Panczuk

Modern Icelanders. Most of them don’t believe in God, the majority can’t imagine joining the EU, many deny the world’s economic rules, but there is something beyond nature that they do believe in and respect. Hiddenfolk, the hidden people – elves. In 2006 and 2007, the social science department of the University of Iceland conducted […]

Feature / Is(not) / In the car with R by Rafal Milach

“To do the Ring” is an Icelandic expression that generally refers to travels on Route 1, the highway that encircles the country. To travel this road is something that most Icelanders do at some point in their lives, and some even prefer to do it every summer. The reasons for going are of course different, […]

Feature / Is(not) / Earth Bleeds Water by Agnieszka Rayss

Due to the special geological location of Iceland, the high concentration of volcanoes in the area is often an advantage with respect to the generation of geothermal energy, heating and the production of electricity. In the winter, pavements near these areas (such as Reykjavík and Akureyri) are heated up. Producing energy is not the only […]

Feature / Is(not) / To be an island by Michal Luczak

The Icelandic word einangrun consists of two stems. The first part of the word is ein, which means “1”, while the second part is angrun, which means “sadness” or “sorrow”, and is related to words like “angurvaerd” (“melancholy”) and “angur” (“sorrow”). In other words, einangrun literally means the sadness or sorrow of being alone. Corresponding […]

Feature / Is(not) / Arnes by Jan Brykczynski

A small community of farmers who have chosen to raise sheep only. The people live off the land, as Icelanders have for hundreds of years. Far from bright lights and big cities, people in the Árnes region live surrounded by steep mountains and waves crashing on the shore. In the Árnes region, 38 people live […]

Book / U

Photographers: Andrej Balco, Jan Brykczyński, Andrei Liankevich, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Rafał Milach, Agnieszka Rayss, Filip Singer Text by: Serhiy Zhadan, Irena Karpa, photographers Editor / curator: Rafal Milach Designer: Ania Nałęcka / Tapir Book Design Language of text: English ISBN: 978-83-927485-1-9 Publisher: Sputnik Photos Print run: 300 City of publisher: Warsaw Year published: 2010 Binding: perfect […]

Feature / U / Black Sea of Concrete by Rafal Milach

Fertile Ukraine – Hitler dreamt of it, but it fell prey to Stalin. It was Stalin and others like him that cultivated this land. They did what they could. They are long gone, but the fertile land of the Ukraine continues to yield its crop – successive lumps of concrete. It is cracked on the […]

Feature / U / Femen by Agnieszka Rayss

Portraits of Femen activists – a group of feminists from Kiev, who protest topless against social injustice and the discrimination of women.

Feature / U / Boikos by Jan Brykczynski

I grew up in a big city, and perhaps that was the reason why I was always intrigued by small community life in the country. A certain Boiko village in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains became the place where my ideas about idyllic rural life materialised. What I looked for were the ambience and motifs that […]

Feature / U / Crimea: Somewhere Between Ukraine And Russia by Justyna Mielnikiewicz

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea has only been a part of the Ukraine since 1954, when it was transferred from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR. Before, Crimea had been conquered and controlled by outside powers repeatedly throughout its history. Each invader left a visible mark. Today, Crimea is the homeland of the Crimean […]

Feature / U / Disappearing Village by Andrei Liankevich

Because of lack of economic incentive and government support, every year almost 300 villages disappear from the map of the Ukraine. Young people leave their villages to move to the big cities and towns in search of a good job – which is a generalised trend now in post-Soviet countries. I found the last people […]

Feature / U / 3 days from the EU by Andrej Balco

Antratsyt is an average town in eastern Ukraine, filled with coal mine water problems and Russian nostalgia. The majority of the population live on the verge of poverty, without any chance of a better life. The average salary is 1000 hrivnas (around 100 USD). Some people try to make more money by holding several jobs […]

Feature / U / Donetsk coal mines by Filip Singer

After the economic crisis hit the Ukraine, the monthly salaries of coal miners dropped to 100 dollars. Before the crisis, miners’ salaries averaged around 900 dollars. Ukraine is among the deadliest places in the world to work as a coal miner, with 75% of its pits officially classified as dangerous. Since Ukraine became independent in […]

Book / At the border

Photographers: Andrej Balco, Jan Brykczyński, Manca Juvan, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Rafał Milach, Domen Pal, Agnieszka Rayss, Filip Singer Text by: photographers Editor / curator: Rafal Milach Designer: Ania Nałęcka / Tapir Book Design and Rafal Milach Language of text: English ISBN: 978-83-927485-0-2 Publisher: Sputnik Photos Print run: 1000 City of publisher: Warsaw Year published: 2008 Binding: […]

Feature / At the border / What does Masha do in Poland? by Jan Brykczyński

Masha was unable to make a living with the little money she was earning in Belarus, so she left her small town, Bobrujsk, and came to Warsaw, Poland. Without a work permit or a valid visa, she set up business at the open-air bazaar. She learned from others how to prepare liquor at home by […]

Feature / At the border / Andrei in Belarus by Filip Singer

Masha’s husband, Andrei, lives in Bobrujsk, a small town in Belarus. His wife, Masha has been living and working in Poland for a long time. Her long absence has destroyed their marriage and they are now divorced. Their daughter, Sasha, is living with her grandparents. Andrei lives in a “panelak” (prefabricated apartment building) in a […]

Feature / At the border / Sunday wishes by Andrej Balco

This series presents portraits of economic migrants from the Ukraine working in Slovakia. Almost all of the people portrayed are working illegally, and entered Slovakia on tourist visas. After their visas expire, many stay in the Slovak Republic and their residence thus becomes illegal. Their days are routine. Hard labour. Six day a week. Twelve […]

Feature / At the border / Ramaz in Georgia by Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Tamriko’s mother and her two small boys share a small, rundown rented flat in Tbilisi with her sister Nestan, Nestan’s partner Ramaz and their two teenage sons. Several years back, the family had to sell their house to pay off debts. Since then, they have moved from one rented apartment to another. Ramaz, an aircraft […]

Feature / At the border / Tamriko in Warsaw by Agnieszka Rayss

The story of Tamriko and Sofia, two Georgian friends who have been living in Poland for over 8 years. Their visas and passports expired a long time ago. They have a small stand at the bazaar in one of Warsaw’s suburbs. The bazaar is illegal, and they live in constant fear of being arrested and […]

Feature / At the border / Ba Lan by Rafal Milach

The Vietnamese are one of the biggest national minorities in Poland. The majority of Poland’s 30 000 Vietnamese live in Warsaw, where they earn their living mostly by selling clothes and running bars and restaurants. Almost 80% of them are illegal immigrants. The language barrier, Polish intolerance, rigid working and resident laws are the reasons […]

Feature / At the border / Serge in Slovenia by Manca Juvan

A story of Cameroonian immigrant in Slovenia.