VSL:WEB // See haunting photographs of Russia’s ghosts

The siege of Leningrad lasted 900 days and caused unimaginable suffering. But Sergei Larenkov’s otherworldly photographs bring the ghosts that haunt that city to life.

The photographer starts with pictures taken during Hitler’s blockade, revisits the locations, takes new shots, and conflates the scenes: In one, a man stares down at frozen bodies while modern pedestrians walk nearby. In another, soldiers carry anti-air-raid balloons down a bustling 21st-century street. The entire series is a stark, beautiful reminder of the past’s stubborn hold on present-day Russia.

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