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Link: Rafal Milach Explores Beauty and the Mundane of Russia – NYTimes.com

Contradictions lie at the heart of Rafal Milach’s “7 Rooms,” a project that took Mr. Milach, a Warsaw-based photographer, to Russia in search of insights through the ordinary. Though he wanted to avoid clichés — vodka drinking, prisons, cadet schools, ballets — some pictures reflect their Soviet legacy. And although he traveled widely through three cities – Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk – his project didn’t make sense to him until he narrowed his focus to seven individuals.

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