Four years after Public Private Hanoi, where he revealed life on the streets of the Vietnamese capital, André Lützen shifts his attention to a remote location in Russia for his new essay, Zhili Byli.
Archangelsk, Russia, 225 kms still to go to get to the polar circle – this is how Lützen opens his book Zhili Byli, and this is exactly what it is about. The photographer journeyed far into the northern reaches of Russia, spending time in a little known place, unlikely to be found in any travel guide book.
It is cold and wet, the river is frozen over, the streets are grey. At night, a light illuminates a lonely billboard – but it is empty. People live in prefab buildings or simple wooden cabins, the paint in the stairwells is peeling off. The inhabitants of Archangelsk invited the photographer into their homes and he took pictures that simply show how they live.
On November 1, 2014, Lützen will present his book as part of the 'ZEIT-Fotografietag in den Deichtorhallen' programme, at 1pm at the Hamburg Deichtorhallen library.