No shame

Winners 2020

Mary Gelman

Mary Gelman is a VII Photo Agency Member photographer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2016 she graduated School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc. The most important part of her professional life is personal projects. She combines in the projects a strong personal approach with documentary and conceptual practices. Mary has been a winner of different competitions. She is the Leica Oskar Barnack Award recipient, Pictures of the Year, Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Istanbul Photo Awards, Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest.

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The Problem

No shame

The problem of discrimination against fat people in Russia is not made up.

Thay face multiple problems: rejections when applying for jobs, medical workers have a prejudiced attitude towards them, lack of large size clothing in stores, media doesn't represent them positively. They got paid less, being bullied and shamed. It seems like the world decided that they shouldn't exist.

Being overweight in modern society is not just a body type.

By default, being fat implies that a person is lazy, weak, stupid, lacks motivation, and spoiled. It's assumed that such a person would never be truly loved, would never have a happy family, friends and a dream job.

"No Shame" features various stories of overweight people from Russia who either experienced "fat-shaming" in the past or still face it. The subjects of this project are people of different genders, sexual orientations and occupations. They don't want to stay silent and tolerate the issue, that poison lives of millions.