Solo artist 2017

Evgeny Makarov

Narko Stop

Evgeny Makarov is a Russian/ German photojournalist who presented the project ‘Narko Stop’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’ with work from students from the Photojournalist Education at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The exhibition celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Photojournalist Education and showed ten photographic projects and video productions selected by the faculty teachers Mads Greve and Søren Pagter made by students in the period 2014-2017. The students worked within a great variation of styles and topics but they all engaged in our contemporary time, aiming to describe the reality that we do not notice even when it is right in front of us.

‘Narko Stop’ or ‘NS’ is a radical nationalist vigilante group, proclaiming to be taking the fight against drug dealing in Russia into their own hands. Vigilantism is met widely with approval by Russian society, therefore, this growing group carry out brutal raids on their victims – alleged drug dealers on busy streets, in bright daylight. Their victims rarely filing charged due to fear of the police and the authorities. The men primarily target people selling ‘Spice’, a psychoactive, synthetic designer drug that mimics the effects of cannabis. These brutal raids involve beating them, forcing them to smoke the drug, painting their victims face with enduring paint and covering their faces with pepper spray. Documenting the situation with mobile phones they later upload photos and videos of their raids online. 

After the festival, Evgeny Makarov  has various projects such as ‘ A dacha state of mind’ which explores the small universe of the dacha people who enter a state of in-between, their daily struggles put on pause. Others include ‘Defenders of Denmark’ which looks at ‘The Hjemmeværnet’ a military organization under the danish ‘Ministry of defence and ‘Houseboats’ looks the individuals living on Hamburg’s waters’. His work includes many more stories. 


Evgeny was born in 1984 at St.Petersburg and spent his childhood between Germany and Russia. He studied social and political science at the University of Hamburg. He went on to study photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and graduated from the international program in 2014. Evgeny was selected and participated in the 2015 Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo and the 2018 Eddie Adams Workshop. At the time of writing (October 2019) he is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and works as a freelancer for international publications in addition to his personal projects.