Portrait of the Russian photographer Elena Chernyshova
In this podcast Elena Chernyshova tells about her exhibition ‘Days of Night – Nights of Day’ exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival 2016.
With its population of 177,000 the Russian city of Norilsk is the second- largest city within the Arctic Circle. It is also one of the ten most polluted cities in the world. Norilsk was founded in 1935, and until 1956 the city operated as a Soviet Gulag camp. Around 500,000 prisoners worked there in intensely cold weather, suffering and starving. Norilsk has an extremely harsh climate and the city is covered in snow for 250 to 270 days a year, and experiences polar night from November to mid- January, when the sun does not rise above the horizon. Days of Night – Nights of Day portrays the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, and their plight is incomparable. Elena Chernyshova (born 1981 in Moscow) has received numerous awards for ‘Days of Nights – Nights of Day’, including one at World Press Photo 2014, Daily Life, third prize stories.
Podcast from Copenhagen Photo Festival 2016
The exhibition took place June 2-12 2016 at Bremerholm Transformerstation
Photo: © Elena Chernyshova
Podcast produced by Lydpol for Copenhagen Photo Festival. Supported by The City of Copenhagen and Danish Arts Foundation