Shapran Andrey is a professional photographer, a member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia since 2002.
Born and raised in Riga (Latvia). Since 1992, he has been living and working in Siberia, in the Far North and the Far East. Works on his own documentary projects.
Participant and prize-winner of a host of regional, Russian and international photo contests, festivals and exhibitions held in Russia and abroad.
Chukchi Boarding School
The history of boarding schools in the Far North is more than a decade. During the Soviet era, the children of reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters of Chukotka were placed in boarding schools, where children are isolated from the environment and in the absence of communication with relatives and friends, were forced to learn. The structure of Northern society that has existed for millennia have changed, and people - Chukchi, Eskimos, Evenki, too, has changed. The local people forgot their language, traditions, culture disappeared. This is a common occurrence on the territory of Chukotka. The second point is that Northern residents received education. But a small percentage of young people are now returning to their villages due to lack of work.
Remote village Enurmino. Waiting for the helicopter the girl says goodbye to her dog. The child flies to the boarding school and returns home only after 9 months for the summer holidays.
A 13-year-old boy takes part in the work of adult hunters and helps his grandfather to cut the walrus. Today is the last day when a boy can help his family. The next day, a helicopter will fly and the child will fly to the boarding school.
A boy and grandfather in the national village of Enurmino. Grandfather - a hunter and a fisherman - does not want to leave his grandson to study. Too long and far.
Local club in the village of Uelen, where the rehearsal of the local ansemble under the direction of the eskimos Vladimir - the best dancer. Local children of Uelen and children from other villages who study at a boarding school come to the classes.
A dance number in a local club in the national village of Uelen, in which local children take part in the village, and children who study at the boarding school.
Children in a boarding school in the village of Ryrkaypiy on the Arctic coast of the Arctic Ocean are the children of reindeer herders who live and work in the tundra far from the school and the coast.
Settlement of sea hunters in Inchoun on the eastern coast of Chukotka. Children in the tractor's trailer go home. Thirty kilometers separates Inchoun from the neighboring village of Uelen, where the boarding school is located. But the way home for these children was not easy and lasted all day.
Meeting in the village of Inchoun - the boy came home for an autumn vacation for one week.
Disco in the mother's day in the national village of Uelen.
Street near the boarding school in the village of Uelen.
National village of Uelen, boarding school. Parents came on snowmobiles to visit their children.
The national village of Inchoun, a Chukchi family and a room where five children grew up
National village of Inchoun, Chukchi family: Andrey and Svetlana grew up in a boarding school in Soviet times, show photos of their parents.
National village of Inchoun, Chukchi large family. All these little children, when they grow up, will leave their homes.
The national village of Inchoun, the family of the hunter and the festive dinner on the birthday.