Interview to VICE magazine about Cargo Cults

My new interview to VICE magazine about Cargo Cults in Vanuatu.

First photo is not taken by me and by the way I didn’t say that I believe that John Frum ever existed… But I like the beginning very much: “Cargo cults, like just about any other cult, are completely fucking insane” 🙂

An old Ni-Vanuatu man stares at the plain in Tanna’s airport. Folowers of cargo cults believe that all welfare material will arrive to Tanna from the sky, as John Frum promised.

Web-site updates and usage of my images

Today I finally finished all updates on my web-site. It’s fully operational now. Woohoo! I added new transparent-stile descriptions to all of my photo-essays and uploaded two more photos to my “Grande Hotel” story.

On the contact page of the web-site (and of this blog as well) I updated information about using of my images. At least once a week I receive emails from some organizations, newspapers, journalists etc with requests of using my images for free. I really don’t understand why you respect other professions and pay money to doctors, plumbers or taxi drivers and don’t want to pay to the photographer? Photographers spend their time and money (if it’s not an assignment) going to different (and sometimes very dangerous) places of the planet and working hardly to bring the images to the viewers. Why people think that we just do it for fun and our work shouldn’t be payed and respected? So, please, if you are interested in using my images or want to give me an assignment, contact the photo-agency, which represents my work – Agentur FOCUS. Of course, for educational purposes you can always use my photos from the web-site – it’s free 🙂 Just don’t forget to put my credits.

At the end, I’ve published today another street-story from Mozambique – “Settlement 25th of September”. It’s about life in a new settlement of the Moatize town (Tete Province), to where people were resettled by a big mining company.

I went to this Settlement for the first time with the American journalist Annie Murphy on the assignment for NPR. After that I visited this neighborhood couple more times. This story is a final result of those trips to the “25th of September”.

You can find Annie’s original report on the NPR’s web-site:

Nelson Paulo, a 22-year-old resident of the Settlement “25th of September”.

Exhibition in Russia

Two of my photos from Mozambique (top right) in the exhibition of Russian Festival of Street Photography in Moscow (April 2012). Now this exhibition moved to another Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

Thanks for the photo LiveJournal user edvinastar.

100 posts

So far my photo-blog has reached 100 posts. I opened it in December of 2010 as an English version of my Russian blog. After few entries I understood that I can’t just duplicate and translate all posts from the Russian blog, I have to write in English. Later I closed the Russian blog and since than I post only on WordPress. Although I don’t have much followers and comments are very rare here, I keep posting my photos and stories, hoping that you like them.

I really would love to write here more often, and if I’m not working on the field, I do it at least once a week. And today I need your feedback. What would you like to see here? More text or photos? Which topics you are mostly interested in? What I should improve here (my English needs to be improved, but I already know it) 😉

I’m sure that with your help I can make this blog better. Thanks for reading it!


Photographer Vlad Sokhin in traditional costume of Chewa Nyau dancers. Central Mozambique, 2011.

Exhibition in Porto, Portugal

Photos from my story “A Time of Crocodiles” are displayed on “Estação Imagem”  – Portuguese Photojournalism Award’s exhibition. Portuguese Center of Photography, Porto, Portugal.

photos: Ruben Mália

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My friend, a good Russian photographer Dmitry Fomichev took this photo of me on the roof of the abandoned building in the ghost town of Pripyat (Ukraine).

© Dmitry Fomichev

We came to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in April of 2008 to photograph the aftermath of the worst nuclear plant accident in human history.

Chernobyl Nuclear Plant

After visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat we went to search for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone’s illegal residents, who returned to their homes despite the all prohibitions. In a small abandoned village of Paryschiv, we met a 79-year-old babushka Maria Grigorievna. She lived alone in the whole village, returned there from Kyiv after her two sons died from cancer, caused by radiation. The road to her place were locked and guarded by the police and travel was allowed only with a special permit.

Maria Grigorievna, 79 years. Paryschiv village, Chernobyl, 2008.

I don’t know how this Babushka managed to survive there alone, but she seemed to be very happy. She invited us to her house and we had a lunch together. All the food was from her small vegetable garden. Maria Grigorievna assured us that the food was “clean” and there was nothing to be afraid of. We didn’t want to upset her and had to believe. I ate an egg and bread with honey.

Chernobyl-made food

After we came back, I wrote a story about our trip to Chernobyl and about this Babushka. It was published a year later in Portugal.

Main view of the ghost town of Pripyat.

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2012

I’m one of the shortlisted participants (finalists) of the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2012 (Georgia).

Congratulations to all winners!

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Current and upcoming exhibitions

Some of my photos are displayed now in Tbilisi (Georgia) on “The best photos of the year” exhibition, organized by Kolga Award 2012. Winners and finalists will be announced on 12th of June. Fingers crossed!

“Grande Hotel” is exhibited in Moscow, Russia until July 12th in the Brothers Lumière Center of Photography during the “Best Photographer 2011” exhibition.

And the story “Time of Crocodiles” will be displayed in the group exhibition of the winners of “Estação Imagem” – Portuguese Photojournalism Award 2011. The opening day is 16th of June in Porto, Portugal.

Sorcery related violence in PNG – interview for “No Borders Magazine”

Second part of my interview about the project “Crying Meri” in “No Borders” magazine for iPad. This time it’s about sorcery related violence in rural areas of Papua New Guinea.



Following his first trip to Papua New Guinea to raise awareness about violence against women, Vlad Sokhin returns to address more specific aspects of this issue. He says…

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