Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

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A Ukrainian photographer Stepan Rudik, was permitted by his bosses to spend some time at the mental hospital. Stepan makes photo reports, portraits and specialized in genre photography. He’s also a member of the Ukrainian and Russian Unions of Photo Artists, a Grand Prix winner of international contests, a scholarship holder of the National Polish Cultural Center Gaude Polonia.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

The author says that he didn’t have problems with patients of the hospital, quite soon he made friends with one of them, of the same age, he constantly accompanied Stepan as his guard.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Patients initially avoided Stepan but then began to get used to him and his camera.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

The author shares that at some moment he began to doubt he was normal himself, but his camera helped him to get back to reality.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

It was scary to stay with those patients at night, and even scarier to wake up next to them in the morning.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Stepan remembers how he woke up once to see some patient washing the walls with a mop.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

He no way planned to dishonor patients with his photos, and he didn’t try to expose the conditions where they stayed. He just wanted to watch that reality which was normally closed to others.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

That mental hospital occupies the premises of the former NKVD prison.

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Shocking Works of the Ukraininan Photographer Who Stayed at the Mental Hospital

Many of the people photographed by Stepan throughout his stay have already passed away…

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