"Moscow project" is the result of twenty years collaboration of Alessandro Albert and Paolo Verzone, a duet from Italy. They came to the Russian capital three times and each time found the city in key historic moments. The first photos were taken in 1991 after the
August coup which accelerated the collapse of the USSR. In ten years, in 2011 they came back to Moscow to apply to the problem of social and individual identity, and made two hundred portraits within the period of three weeks. Below are some of them.
On the 29th of January, 1992 Boris Yeltsin accepted and signed the decree on free trade. Soon hundreds of thousands of traders appeared in the streets of the Russian cities. People habitually called them "speculators". Of course, some of them still bought goods in ordinary shops and sold them at a more expensive price.
The deficit allowed to do that and have profit. But the trade in general started to change and gain new features - valuable and ugly. Probably they had to go through it anyway but that way was too long and too hard. The habit to sell any stuff at any place turned out to be difficult to eradicate.