The series “Little Adults” explores what it feels like to grow up as privileged child in Russia, a country where its radical history still rules the daily life. For many years photographer Anna Skladmann explored the recently growing society of the “Nouveau Riche” in which children’s have been raised to become the “Elite” and behave like little adults.
Photographing Russia’s new generation of children reflects the extreme contrast between social hierarchies, touches on the control of family aspirations, ideas of normality, the loss of childhood and the constant desire of fame.
“I was very young when I began the project. The parents saw me as being on a similar level to their children. Many seemed to see me less as a professional photographer and more as a student. One of the conditions of the photo-shoots was that I not publish the last names.”