During the few years that Dmitry Berkut talked about in his travels, in the photoblog on the BBC Russian Service website, he managed to cover a wide range of geographical locations, objects, and people. From Podporozhye in North-Western Russia to Malaysia, from Vepsians (a unique ethnic group in Russia) to Orang Asli (Malay tribe), from Russian shipbuilders to Thai organizers of cockfights.
Most of all, I remember his careful attitude to the heroes of his photo stories. Whether it’s World War II veterans in Russia, or garbage collectors on the Bali island – for Dmitry, these are real people with personal problems and joys, not abstract characters. This distinguishes his position: He talks about them openly and warmly, without embellishing reality.
(Famil Ismailov, BBC Russian Service)
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