Evocative Portraits of Russian Teens in the ’90s

French photographer Lise Sarfati made several visits to Russia during the 1990s. The characters in her new foreign surroundings became the focus of her camera — namely teenage runaways in “re-education” camps, transgender youth, and other young faces. She captured her subjects inside crumbling buildings, factories straight out of a horror movie, and other strange environments. The juxtaposition of decay and transformation has a visual allure that’s hard to look away from. See more of Sarfati’s photos, which we first spotted on Juxtapoz, in our gallery. Purchase Sarfati’s monograph Acta Est over here.