Alexander Petrosyan doesn’t think pictures can change the world, but he does believe they can help you understand it a little better.
“Everyone sees life from their own angle but I’m always more interested in the paradoxical and unexpected”
Award-winning photographer Alexander Petrosyan has spent decades discovering what makes his home town tick: the everyday comedy and drama of a city built on contradictions.
Any pictures he takes while travelling along Russia, he says, are best kept private – the eye of a tourist can only offer a fleeting glimpse from the outside. “This is my world,” he says of St. Petersburg.
It’s a city steeped in history, from the days of the Russian empire to its near destruction in World War II, from its phase as a provincial hinterland to its rebirth under Vladimir Putin.