The photos are made in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area by a famous German journalist Gerd Ludwig whose works are published in such magazines as National Geographic, Time and Life. In his photographs he shows social changes, happening in the modern society and also touches upon ecological problems. Many of his exhibitions are devoted to Russia.
Gerd Ludwig thinks that rapid development of oil-and-gas industry influences the region positively, but, at the same time, it might ruin the traditional way of life of native inhabitants, and local culture itself.
These photos are devoted to this very culture of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area. This is, for example, deer-team races – the main event of the annual Khanty-Mansi hunt and fishing festival.
Kirill Navykhov, one of the oldest inhabitants of the whole Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area taking a good look at the newly arrived.
Another traditional competition – struggle on a log.
Location: Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area