All posts tagged: Kati Turkina

Turkina Faso, Back Home with Alice

Kati Turkina, a London-based fashion photographer with a huge following in her native Russia, spent her teenage years in Essentuki, an industrial city of 100,000 people ringed by mountains in the North Caucasus. Essentuki is often referenced in the poetry of Alexandr Pushkin, but it’s barely known by anyone outside Russia. It’s home, Turkina says, “to the biggest mountain in Europe – Elbrus. It is a beautiful area, but so poor and wild now. In the past, men from the mountains could just steal a girl, and that was that. Now it is more peaceful.” Turkina has a more peaceful life now, as well. Her teenage years were, she says, “so full of intensity and adventures and new things.” She describes herself as “a wild, small woman, covered in piercings, against everyone, in such a hurry to live.” “I was just crazy,” she says. “I started to drink alcohol, and was only interested in boys and going out. I had good marks at school, but they told me I had a lot of behaviour problems. …

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