Share Your Shot!

Taken: Meat market, Pyatigorsk, Northern Caucasus, 2005.

"This photograph was taken in the city of Pyatigorsk in the Caucasus' during my year’s journey across Russia between 2004-2005 when I was making work for my book, Motherland. Pyatigorsk sits at the foot of Mount Mashuk and was made famous by the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov who, in an echo of the plot from his novel A Hero of Our Time, was killed here in a duel in 1841. It’s also on the doorstep of Igushetia and Chechnya, two regions that have predominantly been depicted as places of conflict.

I was keen to look at the other side of the Caucasus, not just seen as a place of disintegration, war and decay. Traditionally, the region has been a popular spa destination. The curative powers of the Caucasus freshwater springs were first noticed in the late 18th century and Russians have been visiting this spa region ever since, staying in the many sanatoria and benefiting from a range of treatments to aid disorders of the muscles, bones, heart, skin and nervous system.

In this photograph, taken in the town’s meat market, we have this anonymous Russian women standing in front of slabs of meat holding a cleaver in one hand. There’s something other-wordly about her, dignified, beautiful. She seems completely at ease with herself and the seemingly masculine environment. I love the details of the colour red in the photograph, from the luscious meats, to her hair, lipstick and the red frames in the ceiling roof.

For me this image, taken in split second before the women turned to the camera, encapsulates modern Russia and the essence of the Russian concept of rodina, or ‘motherland’. Rodina is the place where one is born – a familiar place which has always been there, a place where one feels a sense of belonging. Moreover, it is identified with the nation’s soul."- Simon Roberts

Behind The Lens with Typhoo & Nigella Lawson..

This week we caught up with Photographer Finn Taylor to find out what it was like shooting Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson for the new Typhoo advert. 

DMB Welcomes New Artist Alex de Mora!

Get to know the latest Artist to join DMB, Photographer Alex de Mora...!

Behind the Lens with Philippe Starck & Boat International.

An inside scoop on the latest story for Boat International with Photographer Christoffer Rudquist.

When Christoffer Rudquist met Method-2.

Photographer Christoffer Rudquist gives us a first hand account of his time shooting the mechanical marvel Method-2, for Wired Germany.

Behind the Scenes with Alex Aiono & Hamish Stephenson

Go behind the scenes with Alex Aiono for his single "Question". Original music video directed by DMB Artist, Hamish Stephenson. Production by DMB. 

Behind the Lens with Rebecca Scheinberg.

Following the release of her latest personal project "And the rest is rust & stardust" we caught up with DMB Still Life Photographer Rebecca Scheinberg!

Alex Aiono- Question

Hamish Stephenson directs new music video for Alex Aiono-Question. Watch it here...

The Paul Smith for Martin Parr Collaboration is here!

A five piece limited edition collaboration is now available at Dover Street Market....

Welcoming Davide Luciano!

Get to know the newest Artist to join DMB! Davide Luciano...

Share Your Shot!

This week we caught up with Photographer Eudes De Santana to get the story behind the image!

Load more