Hardcover, 125 pages, 155 x 215 mm. Many foldable pages
Andy Rochelli started to travel to Russia in 2010; there he spent a considerable amount of time working as a freelance photographer. The book Russian Interiors, however, sees the light as side job to cover his expenses while staying in Moscow; he offered low cost portraits to single women looking for a husband in their most intimate environment. In Eastern Europe marriage by correspondence is still very common. Many women rely on various agencies that promise them to find a husband who can give them a life of dignity and security. This obtained women’s archive takes all kinds including photos he shot for his customers and photos he kept for himself. The core of this work though is deeper than what the commercial shot he was paid for portrays. Soon this method developed into a key to get access to private spaces and stories, to better understand an intimate side of Russian women. The focus of the whole work lies in this: ordinary women, often hopeless, portrayed in their extremely Soviet homes, with a kitsch taste that often accompanies expressions and poses more or less static, more or less plastic. Fashion photography, precisely. But sincere. In the end, what remains are extremely private stories, surrounded by a great sense of loneliness. A slice of a parallel world, not too far away and too well known.