With his sensual and intuitive eye, Alexander Lepeshkin (1964, Moscow) captures the looks and intimate encounters of the Russian metropolitan youth. He meets them at parties in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. They look tired, sometimes freaky and tender. Do they copy the decadence of the Russian upper class or are they actually part of that elite? Without giving a straightforward answer to these questions, it can at least be noted that this series - a work in progress - fits within a long tradition of capturing the metropolitan nightlife. In line with Brassaï's arresting images of Paris and its dramatic nocturnal landscape, Lepeshkin succeeds in capturing the hedonism of today's young Russians.
Alexander Lepeshkin was featured in GUP #35: Celebration.