Intimate photographs taken from Boogie’s book, ‘Moscow’, provide an eye opening account of what life looks like in the Russian capital, and pays particular attention to fans of Moscow clubs; Spartak, CSKA and Torpedo and the culture around those clubs.
As Boogie himself puts it; “These are people sculpted by a brutal, concrete landscape, fighting to survive. This is a world of football hooligans, gang tattoos, and boxing.
“Yet this is not misery porn: There is an inherent vitality in the violence – the enduring toughness – of these images. There is dynamism, there is esprit de corps, there is strength.”
For over 20 years, Boogie has made his career photographing those on the fringes of society. Born Vladimir Milivojevich in Belgrade in 1969, Boogie would eventually leave a war torn Serbia for Brooklyn, New York, as he took his photographic expertise to the back streets of of some of the worlds biggest cities.
Boogie first went to the Russian capital in 2015, and from there his the project that led to this book began. “Russians are as strong as iron nails”, said Boogie. When I’m in a foreign city, I shoot like a madman. I walk and shoot 15 hours a day. Moscow is huge; it’s very hard to cover photographically. It’s hard to do it justice. I think, with this book, I only scratched the surface.”
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