Bite! magazine » Regina Anzenberger

Selected by Regina Anzenberger on May 12, 2010

Russia is still on its feet today thanks to two natural resources – the first is oil, which funds a growing number of Russians to lead lives so lavish that it’s as though the Imperial party, so rudely interrupted in 1917, has found its second wind. The other natural resource isn’t gas, aluminum, or nickel – it’s women. Not haut-couture Russian expats or mail order brides, but the cool-headed women who shepherded their children through the last twenty years, while their husbands drowned bad news with liters of vodka; and celebrated good news with liters of vodka. “We are the driving force that has saved Russia, we are more precious than oil,” declares Olga Sviblova, director of Moscow’s House of Photography.

Selected by Regina Anzenberger on May 11, 2010

“Spring/Summer 2008″ is a series of portraits showing Senegalese beach vendors at the Tuscan coast. The title of this project is connected to the seasonal fashion, that year-by-year keeps us updated on the latest trend and what we should buy. Senegalese are, along with Romanians, Albanese, Moroccans or Chinese, among one of the major ethnic groups that migrate to Italy and live there without a legal status. The main reason for them leaving their country is the fishing crisis in Senegal, as a result of globalisation of the fishing industry. Since most migrants are not protected by any social security system, neither from their home countries, nor from the Italian immigration policy, they are forced to become cheap and illegal labour.

Selected by Regina Anzenberger on May 10, 2010

Recently, I met up with young people in Romania to see what their lives are like nowadays. Connected to the world via internet, with access to the latest news, and freedom to travel anywhere in Europe, with possibilities of driving convertible cars and studying abroad, they cannot imagine the grim realities of long queues for milk, limited food supplies and rationing of petrol. Nor can they imagine people disappearing, the seventyfive political prisons and labour camps or everyday censorship with bans on foreign media and travel. This is a generation that has no memories of communism. Romanian girls now wear the latest Italian fashion.

Selected by Regina Anzenberger on May 9, 2010

Some time ago, the Polish city of Lodz invited me to photograph it within ten days. I had never been there before. I didn’t know the place, my image of it was nothing more than a set of stereotypes: industrial, dirty and neglected. All of that is visually attractive for a photographer. But what is beautiful for one person can be disgusting and shameful for another. Following this thought, I decided to ask various Lodz citizens what they think is the most beautiful thing in or about their city. My role as photographer became limited to documentating these selected places, people and objects. The only condition I set was that everything had to be connected to beauty somehow, however and whatever the context.