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Less Than One


“Less Than One” is a portrait of Russia’s outermost regions. The project was shot between 2006 and 2008 in areas with a population density of less than one person per square kilometer.

Alexander Gronsky was born in 1980 in Tallinn, Estonia. In 1998, he began working as a professional photographer. His work has since been published in Esquire Russia, National Geographic, Ojode Pez, Art+Auction, Condé Nast Traveller, and FOAM Magazine. In 2009, he won the Linhof Young Photographer Award, the Aperture Portfolio Prize, and was in the Critical Mass Top 50. He currently lives in Moscow and is a member of the photo agency.

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6 comments for Less Than One

  1. Comment by Francine Prose on January 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    The photos are beautiful. The apartment housing blocks in the snow made me want to shoot myself.

  2. Comment by Susan Metzger on January 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Gives new meaning to ‘cluster housing’…

  3. Comment by Anca on January 26, 2010 at 3:04 am

    …the apartment blocks look like home to me.

  4. Comment by Bruce on January 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    These photos are indeed a bit eery, and I am glad that the photographer/editor let them speak without captions.

    Looking at them, one can see some of the beauty of Russia, as well as the industrial left-overs of one-company towns under the Soviet Union.

    It’s all a bit desolate. If global warming continues and more of Northeast Russia becomes liveable, because of its underpopulation Russia will find it difficult to populate and develop those lands. Opportunities for people like the Mongolians and the Chinese, no doubt; but given the Russian obsession with control, it’s hard to see how they will be able to open those lands to immigrants who aren’t Slavs.

  5. Comment by Anton Khoff on January 31, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Really great art!

  6. Comment by minimodi on February 1, 2010 at 6:42 am

    this is a darn great serie of shots.

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