Hiding from Baba Yaga

Nanna Heitmann A traditional horse race of the Tuvinese National Festival Naadym in the steppe, at 43 degrees. The horses and their riders cover a distance of 30 km. Seven horses died in the heat. Yenisei River. (...)
Nanna Heitmann Yuri built his little hut on a dump so he can feed his 15 dogs with what he finds in the dump. Everything he owns he found on the rubbish dump. Inside it is dark. He has covered the small windows s (...)
Nanna Heitmann A door left open during a rehearsal in a cultural house (“dom kultury”) in Krasnoyarsk, the largest city on the Yenisei River. In the Soviet Union the houses of culture were ‘workers' clubs’, a pla (...)
Nanna Heitmann Khuresh is a type of wrestling sport and the national sport of the Tuvan Republic, a partially recognized state in southern Siberia. No national festivity is celebrated without a khuresh match. The (...)
Nanna Heitmann In the Soviet Union there was a lot of industry in Siberia. Today, the people feel forgotten by Moscow politics. In Tuva unemployment is very high, alcohol consumption and the use of synthetic drug (...)
Nanna Heitmann People fishing close to the settlement of Shushenskoye. Vladimir Lenin was here in exile from 1897 to 1900. Shushenskoye. Russia. 2018. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos
Nanna Heitmann A street sign marking the entrance to the settlement “Buren Chem”, one of the few populated points in the Tuvan Republic. Tuva. Russia. 2018. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos
Nanna Heitmann While waiting for the bus, Dolga's daughter is sleeping on her lap in the summer heat. In the summer temperatures in the Republic of Tuva climb to 50 degrees plus. In winter it gets up to minus 50 (...)
Nanna Heitmann The former ballerina Sofia has been dancing in the striptease club for 6 years. An injury kept her from dancing in the Krasnoyarsk State Theater further. She describes herself as an active sociopat (...)
Nanna Heitmann Yuri in front of his self-built home. "I am a simple worker. Nothing keeps me more in the city. All my friends are in the cemetery. Drugs or alcohol. Here the air is clear and not dirty from all th (...)
Nanna Heitmann The girl Vaselisa in the village of the Old Believers. Her parents are both deaf and mute and the only unbelievers in a village that lives strictly to century-old rituals. Her only friend lives in (...)
Nanna Heitmann Vaselisa in the old believer village, Erzhey. Tuva. Russia. 2018. © Nanna Heitmann | Magnum Photos
Nanna Heitmann The guardian spirits of the shaman Kara-ool hang in his treatment room in the shamanic clinic. His grandparents hid the ancient ancestral masks in caves in front of the Soviets. Today, shamanism ca (...)
Nanna Heitmann Yuri, a cowboy and shepherd in the Tuvan Republic. In the evening he chases his cows and sheep back home. He and his wife live in a little cabin while his father still lives in a yurt next to them. (...)
Nanna Heitmann A view into the dense forest of the Sayan Mountains. In the past, the mountains served as the border between Mongolia and Russia. Although a roadmakes its way through the mountains into the Tuva Re (...)