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Mads Nissen – in his own words

I met a gay guy. He was a gentle, soft young man in his early twenties. We met in a bar and we talked about his life. Suddenly, another young guy very aggressively got into his face and asked him if he was a faggot. And my friend just very gently answered him: “Yes, I’m a homosexual.” So the guy just jumps right in and starts punching him. I was speechless. You read about it, you talk about it. But seeing homophobia right in front of you, and seeing a modern country openly attacking someone for being gay… I didn’t know whether to cry or get into the fight. I started to document the different aspects of homophobia in Russia. I met men who pretend to seduce gay men, capture them and torture them on video before putting it online – and there’s more than a hundred of these videos. I photographed a young lesbian couple who have three children and are facing up to losing them, just because they’re gay. I photographed the leaders of the church. I’ve …


Mads Nissen’s Homophobia in Russia wins World Press Photo of the Year

Mads Nissen, a staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2015 for an intimate image of Jon and Alex, two gay men in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly fraught in Russia in the wake of aggressively prohibitive laws for “non-traditional sexual practises.” In the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian President Putin notoriously said of gay citizens in Russia: “One can feel calm and at ease. Just leave kids alone, please.” Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups. Nissen, who is represented by Panos Pictures, spent more than a year with gay pride activists groups across Russia as they rallied for their civil liberties under tyrannical new laws and a rising tide of extremist homophobia. The winning picture is part of a larger project by Nissen called Homophobia in Russia, which was shot for Scanpix and selected by the jury of the 58th annual World Press …


BJP Staff