One of many performances at Moscow's 872th Anniversary celebrations in September 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From ‘I’ve Never Been to Russia’, Joop Swart Masterclass Project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mass events, ceremonies, marches, and parades are the order of the day in Moscow and St. Petersburg. ‘I’ve Never Been to Russia’ explores these two cities, focusing on their citizens and their role in these events. The project is also a photographic discovery of Teryoshin’s home country, which he left nearly 20 years ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nikita Teryoshin (@teryoshi) describes his photography work as “street, documentary and everyday horror”. In ‘I’ve Never Been to Russia’, Teryoshin aims to represent Russia’s idiosyncrasies through different perspectives. The project came about when he visited Moscow to take pictures during the Victory Day celebrations. “I was surprised about how people seem to celebrate not only the victory, but also the war itself.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 26th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass, the World Press Photo Foundation’s most prestigious education program, took place on 17-21 September 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In preparation for the masterclass, the participants produced a project on the theme ‘Contrast’. Follow the link in our bio to discover the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass stories.