Right to believe

Shortlist 2019

Fyodor Telkov

Fyodor Telkov was born in 1986 in Nizhniy Tagil, Russia. Currently, he is based in Yekaterinburg. Fyodor has been a member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia since 2010. Finalist of the Premio Gabriele Basilico 2nd edition (Italy, Milan, 2018); Participanted in the 4rd Ural Industrial Biennale of Modern Art (Russia, Yekaterinburg, 2017); Won the Fotocanal Photography BOOK Contest (Spain, Madrid, 2016); Laureate of the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest (Russia, Moscow, 2016); Finalist of the International Photomuseum Grant Contest (Great Britain, London, 2016); Laureate of the Young photographers of Russia Contest (Russia, 2016, 2013, 2009); Participated in the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale of Modern Art (Russia, Yekaterinburg, 2015); Laureate of the Photovisa International Photography Festival (Russia, Krasnodar, 2014) Laureate of the Alexander Efremov Photojournalism Contest (Russia, Tyumen, 2011, 2012, 2014); Participanted in Pingyao International Photography Festival (China, Pingyao, 2013); Laureate of the Young Photography Contest (Russia, St.-Petersburg, 2013, 2011, 2010); Laureate of the Circuito OFF Competition (Festival di Cortona, Italy, 2013); Participant of the FotoFest Photo Biennale (USA, Houston, 2012); Laureate of the The Best Photographer 2010 National Award (Russia, Moscow, 2011); Laureate of the International Vilnus Photo Circle Contest (Lithuania, Vilnus, 2011).

The Problem

Right to believe

The Old Believers' history begins with the introduction of Christianity into Russia. Reforms made by Patriarch Nikon led to the church Schism: in 1656 the Russian Orthodox Church Council declared all those who crossed themselves with two fingers heretics. The Schism is one of the biggest tragedies in Russian history. There is evidence that about one-third of the Russian population was killed as a result. After 300 hundred years, society still treats them with suspicion; Old Believers still have wounds that are yet to heal. The Old Believers' contribution to the development of the Urals is hard to overestimate; they are one of the keys to understanding the region the way it is today. While the Old Believers suffered severe persecution all over the country, here, in the Urals, they found their shelter under the influential factory owners' protection. The industry required those who were willing and capable of working.