Talent of the Year 2020 - FINALIST: Alexey Pavlov
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Today in Russia there are several hundred schools with separate education for boys and girls. This approach has always generated a lot of controversy. Proponents argue that gender separation enhances academic achievement, has a positive effect on the physical and psychological development of students, and helps establish “traditional values.”
Opponents of separate education argue that a constant presence only among peers of the same sex can adversely affect the development of the individual, as it forms an environment that is far from the realities of life in society. According to them, in the modern world it is much more productive to personalize training, based on the characteristics and needs of each individual student, without any reference to common features.
The village of Borogontsy is located one hundred thirty kilometers northeast of Yakutsk. The nineties, as in all of Russia, passed here severely. The country was experiencing economic and social upheaval, a new world appeared in front of people, overwhelmed with uncertainty about tomorrow. Young people did not understand very well how to manage absolute freedom, which suddenly came to replace comprehensive control and guardianship by the state.
The decision that only boys will study at the gymnasium, which opened here in 1994, was also made in order to combat this phenomenon. A bias in technical disciplines, a lot of additional classes and a special attention to sports - gymnasium students were to become an example for everyone else.
Alexey Pavlov is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller.
Born in Yakutia and now based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
The main themes of his work are the problems and processes affecting the countryside and provincial cities.
2010-2016 — Ural State Law Academy, Yekaterinburg, Russia
2018-2020 — School of Modern Photography "Docdocdoc", Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2019 — 1st place — World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia
2019 — World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia
2018 — Kharyskhal Foundation for World Down Syndrome Day, Yakutsk, Russia
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