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Michal Chelbin, Roman and Natasha, from 'Strangley Familiar', Ukraine, 2006

Antonio Turok / Michal Chelbin « Shooting Wide Open

Antonio Turok / Michal Chelbin

Angelina with her Father, Israel 2005  The series Strangely Familiar captures people in their everyday lives, total strangers in seemingly familiar situations.

Angelina with her Father, Israel 2005 The series Strangely Familiar captures people in their everyday lives, total strangers in seemingly familiar situations.

Natalia, Sentenced for stabbing, Juvenile Prison for Girls, Ukraine 2009 Sailboats and Swans is an intriguing portrait series by Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin that takes a look at inmates serving their time in prison. The series features seven different prisons in Ukraine and Russia that house a variety of lawbreakers. The subjects’ offenses range from …

Revealing Portraits of Prisoners in Ukraine and Russia

Photographer Michal Chelbin spent three years photographing prisons in Russia and Ukraine. Her new book 'Sailboats and Swans' presents a striking collection of images that portray the strange and contradictory worlds of these institutions.

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

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Michal Chelbin's 'Sailboats And Swans' Features Haunting Prisoner Portraits (PHOTOS)

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

Skarhod, Men´s Prison, Ukraine 2008 Sailboats and Swans documents Ukrainian and Russian inmates.

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

"Sailboats and Swans" — Portraits of Russian and Ukrainian Prisoners by Michal Chelbin

Michal Chelbin // Sailboats and Swans // Masha and Sveta, Juvenile Prison for Girls, Ukraine 2009

Last month the New Yorker Photobooth ran a sneak preview of Michal Chelbin’s tentatively titled Locked series. At the time, I responded with some personal frustration that her portraits didn&…

Last month the New Yorker Photobooth ran a sneak preview of Michal Chelbin’s tentatively titled Locked series. At the time, I responded with some personal frustration that her portraits didn&…

Michal Chelbin

Two Athletes, Ukraine 2006 The series Strangely Familiar captures people's hardships in everyday life.

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