Uma goes to Siberia…

The Rodinki exhibition Birthmark on the Map showed last week at the Pobeda/Victory Center in Novosibirisk, Siberia, Russia, before continuing to the region’s local museums…

Birthmark on the Map explores rural lifestyles and is a blog as well as a touring exhibition.

In April 2011, the Birthmark on the Map blog was short-listed for Deutsche Welle Blog Awards, an international competition of blogs and web communities. Birthmark was also voted number four in the Best Russian Blog nomination, right behind two blogs by Alexey Navalny and In 2012, Birthmark on the Map will be presented at the Head On photo festival in Sydney, Australia.

I’m very happy to say that my portrait of Uma has been selected to be part of this exciting exhibition.

Photo © Anton Unytsin 2011


 © Sergey Maximishin (St. Petersburg) World Press Photo prize winner

Photo © Andrey Shapran (Novosibirsk, Siberia) view the series here


Photo © Emil Gataullin (Korolev, Moscow Region)


Photo © Igor Lagunov (Chelyabirsk)

‘It was june and we took a Russian Golden Ring cruise on a Volga river boat. We made a stop in Makaryev. There’s an ancient kremlin on the river bank, now a woman’s convent. I noticed people disembarking from a ferry, my attention was drawn to a strong man with bare torso wearing kersey boots and carrying a bag. We started talking and I learned that he helps old women with hard household work: mending fences, building bathhouses. Locals consider him odd’

Uma, steamy window © Sam Harris