Photo Essay: Children of the Russian Elite

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A young gent who plays with Kalashnikov machine guns. A girl posing in her father’s vintage car garage, deliberately and impeccably dressed as Catherine Deneuve. Clearly, there’s something very different about the children of Moscow’s intelligentsia, restaurateurs and diplomats. Photographer Anna Skladmann spent years capturing that “something” and recently shared it Spiegel Online. Trespass into Russia’s exclusive ranks of nouveau riche and see the tiniest masters of those domains in her series Little Adults.

Anna Skladmann, Vadim on His Roof Terrace from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Jacob Shooting at Ballerinas from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Arina in Her Garage from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Alisia in Her Mother’s Fur Store from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Roman at the Tattoo Parlor from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, from the series Little Adults, Moscow

Anna Skladmann, Antoshka as a Hussar from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2010

Anna Skladmann, Lisa Inside Her Father’s Antique Store, from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2010

Anna Skladmann, Vova Standing in His Grandfather’s Theatre from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2010

Anna Skladmann, Ilona and Ella on a Rowing Boat from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Lisa Sitting on Her Dining Table from the series Little Adults, Moscow 2010

Anna Skladmann, Eva in Her Living Room from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2008

Anna Skladmann, Vasilisa in a Pink Dress from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, Nikita and Alina at the Italian Embassy from the series Little Adults, Moscow, 2009

Anna Skladmann, from the series Little Adults, cover of her upcoming book.