Best Work by an Emerging Photographer | Nominee

Alena Shilonosova

Aprelevka / RU

The street of the blind


Rusinovo is a street of the blind and visually impaired people in the villages of Ermolino in the Kaluga region in Russia. Until 1995, it was a separate village where the visually impaired were sent from the different regions of the Soviet Union. In 1948 the basic enterprise for the blind and visually impaired was built here. After the political rearrangement, the village was attached to the city called Ermolino and now it is a separate street which is situated five kilometers away from the city, where people without visual impairment also live. Nowadays, the workshop production of «RUSiNovoPak for the blind is only engaged in the collection of medical pipettes and is considered unprofitable for the enterprise.The larger half of the blind in Rusinovo are the seniors, who moved here during the Soviet times. In total there are 115 blind and visually impaired people in Rusinovo.


Alena is a in Moscow based documentary photographer, researching themes of indigenous people, disabled persons and social projects at post soviet regions.


2009–2014 South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia)

2017-2019 School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).

Her works have been published in the Takie Dela (Russia), Regnum (Russia), Zapovednik (Russia).