Lucia Ganieva, who was born in Russia but has lived in the Netherlands since 1993, graduated cum laude at the Foto Academy in Amsterdam in 2007. For her series Factory she visited the 'Kombinat named after F.N. Samoilova', a very big textile plant in the town of Ivanovo, some 275 kilometres north-east of Moscow – the town of brides. The population was mostly women, who all worked in the textile industry. During the time of the tsars, this town was the centre
of Russia's textile industry. A number of plants manufactured a variety of fabrics, mostly based on cotton and linen. Over time, largely due to competition from low-wage countries such as China, they have almost all been forced to close down.