Nanna Heitmann

2019 Sunday Times Award for Achievement

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Hiding from Baba Yaga

Heitmann’s series ‘Hiding from Baba Yaga’ is a poetical journey along one of the most powerful currents on earth. The river flows 3438km from the Mongolian border northward through all Siberia into the Arctic Ocean. The remains of the USRR history bear heavily on its shores and on the everyday life of its inhabitants. Heitmann’s lyrical photographs capture the social bond connecting different communities together, and are evocative of their isolation and dreams while living in one of the coldest places on earth.

About the Photographer

Nanna Heitmann (b. 1994) is a German and Russian documentary photographer. This award will allow her continue her project ‘Hiding from Baba Yaga’, which is a poetical journey along one of the most powerful currents on earth. The river flows 3438km from the Mongolian border northward through all Siberia into the Arctic Ocean. The remains of the USRR history bear heavily on its shores and on the everyday life of its inhabitants. Heitmann’s lyrical photographs capture the social bond connecting different communities together, and are evocative of their isolation and dreams while living in one of the coldest places on earth. Heitmann was shortlisted for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and was the winer of the student award of World Report Award 2018. She joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2019.