Right to believe

Shortlist 2021

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 Compromise

Right to believe

The Old Believers begin their record from the introduction of Christianity into Russia. The reforms of patriarch Nikon's led to the church Schism: in 1656, the Russian Orthodox Church Council declared all those who crossed themselves with two fingers heretics. Even today, the Old Believers have not overcome this historical background, nor have they shed the grievances accumulated over the centuries. Throughout their history, the Old Believers have fought for the right to believe the way they considered the only possible, that it the way their fathers believed. The conservative and closed nature of the Old believer's community allowed them to preserve their belief, traditions, and culture over three hundred years, thus protecting themselves from the often dangerous and destructive outside world. The Russian Orthodox Church rehabilitated the Old Believers in 1971, but religiosity was not encouraged by the state until the 90s. Today's Old Believers have adopted the tradition from their grandparents or have passed the path of a Soviet citizen.