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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Name: Sergei Karpov
Profession: Photographer and multimedia producer
How long have you been doing photography? I have been photographing for more than ten years, profesionally since 2010.
What style or genre most interests you? I am now completely focused on documentary projects, which are now being output in various formats: from photography or video to complex multimedia projects.
Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is the city I grew up in. Today it is a very depressing city and region, despite the fact that in 2018 matches for the World Cup will take place here.
What are some things that only locals would know about the city? The city was utterly destroyed during the Second World War. Today, this is the most depressing of Russia's million-resident cities.
Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city? Mamayev Kurgan and the remains of Tsaritsyn.
Graffiti featuring a replica of Yevgeni Khaldei's photograph, Raising the flag over the Reichstag, on the wall in an undercrossing in downtown Volgograd.
Anastasiya Nikolayevna (89 years old) and Vasily Alexeyevich (87 years old) have lived together for 63 years as husband and wife. Vasily is an honorary railwayman, having devoted his entire life to this profession. Anastasiya worked as a paramedic all of her life. Now they live in a Gorkovsky township in the Sovietsky district of Volgograd.
The Battle for Stalingrad turned the tide of WWII in the Allies’ favor. Marked by the loss of nearly 2 million lives, it is one of the most devastating battles of human history. Yet it also continues to be embroiled in controversy, given the complex relationship Russians have toward Josef Stalin.
By 1942, Stalin figured the strength of the Nazi army was beginning to wane and that he, finally, would have a strategic advantage. Stalin planned to liberate Leningrad and establish strongholds at Sevastopol and Kharkov.
Told that the Rodina was not in so bad a shape that she needed girls to protect her, these future heroes were sent home to their mothers. Soon, they were called back and became a crucial element in the protection of their homeland and victory over Nazi Germany.