Irina Popova. Another Family

Irina Popova. Another Family

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Weight 600 g
Dimensions 18 x 23 cm

Irina Popova


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This fascinating book tells the story of Irina Popova’s stay with a family of drug-users in St. Petersburg, Russia. The photo story – focusing on a small child living in shocking family circumstances — has provoked an explosion of criticism on the Internet, directed towards the parents as well as at the photographer. The book reveals the documentary evidence during the development of the story, including the previously unpublished photos from the archives of the photographer herself and the characters, the web pages of blogs with comments, the private letters and the diaries. It attempts to analyze the consequences of the photographer’s actions and the degree of responsibility of the photographer. The multivocal storytelling in the book forms the screenplay for a real-life drama. This is the first time this frequently discussed topic of the supposed responsibility of documentary photographers has been analyzed so consistently and comprehensively in book form.This book is therefore more than simply a documentary photo book depicting the deplorable situation of a drug addict family — it is an essential document dealing with the question all documentary photographers may be confronted with at some time in their careers: can I continue working of should I stop and try to help solve the problem In am witness to?


  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Schilt Publishing (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9053307796
  • ISBN-13: 978-9053307793


About the Author

Irina Popova (born 1986, Russia) graduated from Tver State University with a degree in journalism and subsequently studied photography at the Moscow Rodchenko Photography and Multimedia School, with Irina Meglinskaya and Oleg Klimov as tutors. She won numerous prizes in Russia and abroad, including the Best Photographer of Russia (2009) and an honourable mention by UNICEF. Irina has held personal and group exhibitions including participating in the  Noorderliccht Festival (The Netherlands, 2009) and Photoquai Biennale (Paris 2011). For the past two years she has been a resident at the Rijksadenie in Amsterdam, where she currently lives.