Documentary Photography – Young & Free In Leningrad, Russia

Two girls kissing each other in the Radio Babi club. In the big cities young people live their sexuality in an uninhibited way.

 

Photographer Alfredo Chiarappa is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his project “Crossing Leningrad“. To see Alfredo’s gallery of projects click on any image.

 

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During the winter in Leningrad the night falls in love with time that seems never to want to end.  The white mist all around suggests all lovers never to leave each other, and keep company to the city youth.

After the end of the Communist dictatorship the young Russian culture strongly felt the influences of their contemporary American and European neighbors, so much that twenty years later even the myth of being a city of sex tourism has been lost.

 

A group of young people dancing in the club called Zoccolo.

A group of young people dancing in the club called Zoccolo.

 

Today in the city of the Great Peter you can breathe European air, and it can be compared to generation dream cities like Berlin and London. Crossing Leningrad is about post-perestroika youth who want to go beyond the time they couldn’t see certain films, couldn’t listen western music, radio stations and even wearing jeans.

 

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A guy photographed in the toilette of the Fidel, one of the clubs of the Dumskaya Ulitsa.

A guy photographed in the toilette of the Fidel, one of the clubs of the Dumskaya Ulitsa.

 

A teenager shooted at the Datscha (a club in the Dumskaya Ulitsa).

A teenager at the Datscha (a club in the Dumskaya Ulitsa).

 

Flyers and stickers left in a bar toilette.

Flyers and stickers left in a bar toilette.

 

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Anna smoking a cigarette. In Leningrad clubs are still smokers friendly.

Anna smoking a cigarette. In Leningrad, clubs are still smokers friendly.

 

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St. Petersburg’s suburbs.

St. Petersburg’s suburbs.

 

The city suburbs are composed of tall blocks of hundreds apartments, where, since the end of the Communism, people from different social classes live.

The city suburbs are composed of tall blocks of hundreds of apartments, where, since the end of the Communism, people from different social classes live.

 

See also:

New Born – Suspension

The Day After In Paris

By Alfredo Chiarappa

 


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