In her series on Siberia’s wildfires, photographer Marina Istomina offers a view into a national tragedy that breaks from the conventions of what is known as disaster photography”. Hailing from Ust-Kut in Russia’s Irkutsk region, a small Siberian town 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow, she has witnessed the destruction of the taiga forest firsthand. Istomina was in Ust-Kut during the summer of 2019, when fires captured global attention, the blazes tearing through Siberia and remote Arctic areas with unprecedented fury.

Photographer Marina Istomina’s modern fairytale delves into Siberia’s urgent wildfire crisis

In her series on Siberia’s wildfires, photographer Marina Istomina offers a view into national tragedy that breaks from the conventions of what is known as “disaster photography”. Hailing from Ust-Kut in Russia’s Irkutsk region, a small Siberian town 4,000 kilometres east of Moscow, she has witnessed the destruction of the taiga forest firsthand.

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