GRUMPY RUSSIANS
Moscow | Tver
2013 / 2014


"RUSSIANS ARE GRUMPY, UNFRIENDLY, CORRUPT, ALWAYS DRUNK, UNRELIABLE, AND THEY NEVER SMILE"
Old history books, politics and a lot of old James Bond movies make us believe that Russia is filled with unfriendly, corrupt, alcoholic and grumpy people. But is that really the truth? What happens when you don't watch Russia on the eight o'clock news, but when you travel to the country yourself? And what happens when you take the time to talk to those "grumpy" Russians?

I examined the subject and got to know the Russians as energetic, spontaneous, polite, helpful and above all happy! So it's time to break with at least one old prejudice for once and for all.

GRUMPY RUSSIANS is a serie of natural photos of cheerful Russians. No models, no flash lights, no studio ...just by asking people on the streets randomly if it's possible to take a photo of them. And what happens? Every Russian will start laughing spontaneously in front of the camera. For instance when asking: "Can you look very grumpy to me?"