Since 2009, Mikhail Mordasov has been travelling a lot over the European part of Russia. As a documentary photographer he explores both huge wealthy cities and distant poor villages to create the patchwork of daily russian life, as in the case of the city of Sochi.
“Sochi will never be as it was. Hot, light-hearted city rich in trees and bushes is now floating in construction dust. Nothing but monstrous high-risers can grow on Black Sea resort land fattened with capital flood. The city is gasping for air — its old crooked streets have been blocked with luxury cars and new straight highways — with the construction machinery. Sochi is a place of sharp and deep changes. Always people feel sad for the past, whatever changes were not.”
Born in 1982, Mikhail is a photographer, producer and film director who lives between Moscow and Sochi, Russia. In the last years, he devoted much attention to long-term photo stories like Silence Games, Sochi before the Olympic games, 2013, Island Crimea, Crimea after annexation by Russia, 2014, The Spine of Russia book, in collaboration with Paul E. Richardson, a vivid portrait of modern Russian life, including over 40 environmental portraits of “heroes”, each of whom was asked the timely question: “Do you consider yourself a patriot, and if so, of what and why?, 2015, and Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution, book and film about some of the children born in 1917, 100 years later, and their remarkable life stories, in collaboration with Paul E. Richardson and Nadya Grebennikova, 2017.
Mikhail cooperated with dozens local and international news agencies, magazines and newspapers such as Reuters, AFP or The New York Times, as staff or stringer photographer. In 2014, he founded Everyday Russia account on Instagram. A place where every photographer shows one russian region and its inhabitants. The contributors are free to express themselves, and describe russian daily life without censorship and stereotypes.