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Everyday Russia


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


by Anton Karliner

Name: Anton Karliner

Age: 24

Profession: Photojournalist

City: Novosibirsk

How long have you been doing photography? Five years.

What style or genre most interests you? Mainly I do photojournalism, but recently I have been drawn into longer-term documentary projects.

Can you give us a short description of your city? Where is it located? What is it famous for? Novosibirsk is Russia's third largest city in geographic area. It arose at the very end of the nineteenth century, when it was simply a village for railroad builders. But it quickly grew to be a city of over a million inhabitants. During the Second World War, many theaters and industrial enterprises were evacuated here, and some of them stayed on in the city. And of course Novosobirsk is home to a world famous scientific center, Akademgorodok.

What are some things that only locals would know about the city? Novosibirsk previously contained the geographic center of the Russian Empire, but after its collapse, it migrated closer to Krasnoyarsk.

At one point, Novosibirsk was located in two time zones: on the left side of the Ob River it was one hour earlier than on the right.

Novosibirsk has the world's longest metro bridge.

Which places or sites are a must for someone to see if they visit your city?  The Novosibirsk Zoo, the Opera and Ballet Theater, Akademgorodok, the Novosobirsk Train Museum.


Instagram: @antonkarliner

  • Carousel

    Park attractions covered with snow. They will start work again in the spring. Winters in Siberia are so cold because of the strong continental climate. The average temperature in winter is about -20°C, but sometimes it's -30 (like on this day) or even -40°C.

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  • Magnify

    Sergey looks at the rare coin from his collection. This coin was found somewhere in Russia and dates to Nazi Germany times. Sergey studies sociology at Novosibirsk State University in Akademgorodok – a district of Novosibirsk which is in fact an another, scientific town. Sergey is numismatist, collecting coins and notes has been his hobby since childhood. He's also very interested in history, data analysis, etc. This is typical for Akademgorodok, which was founded by scientists and the spirit is still here.

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  • Church

    St. Nicholas Chapel. This was the geographical center of the former Russian Empire. After the empire's fall, the center moved to the east. This chapel was destroyed in Soviet times and then rebuilt.

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  • Snow

    Novosibirsk, Russia. Ferris wheel on the Ob river shore, illuminated in the night.

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  • Funeral

    My grandma's brother died and this was the funeral. I didn't know him very well, but he was a good man. The whole family gathers together for a last farewell. In the past, big families lived near each other and did a lot together, but nowadays they mostly meet only at weddings or funerals.

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  • Closet

    Another photo from the Everyday Life Museum in Akademgorodok. Dressing room.

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  • Train

    In the subway. The city's subway was built in the 1980s and changed the transport system drastically.

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  • Ob

    Ob river.

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  • Sleds

    Sleighs are the best transport option for kids in winter.

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  • Fur

    Fur coat on the bus.

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  • Night

    Night scene, -30°C outside.

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  • Store

    Anastasia Beznosova is the owner and founder of the Everyday Life Museum in Akademgorodok. Her aim is to collect artifacts and stories about people's life and to share them with guests and friends. There are a lot of events happening in the museum: celebration of numerous holidays, historical reconstruction, fashion events, etc. The museum has not existed for very long, but its already an important place in Akademgorodok's cultural landscape. In her "other life," Anastasia is a business woman and head of a branch of one of the biggest IT-companies.

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  • Smoke

    The Ob River has it source in the Altai region and flows to the Kara Sea (on the Arctic Ocean). Novosibirsk was founded because of the Ob River as well. First it was a little settlement of railway builders who built a bridge across the river.

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  • Space

    "Pioneer" cinema hall. The space exploration theme remains important for Russians – everyone remembers that USSR was the first country to send a man into space. Despite the fact that the Russian space industry is developing much slower than in Soviet times, it's still a reason for people to be proud of their country.

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