Mad Men is an interesting project by photographer Bruce Gilden. In a 'godforsaken place' in Russia, small-time gangsters are trapped in a cycle of vodka, violence and crime.
Vasiliy, 50, has spent 22 years behind bars. He killed his stepfather and also three men who had raped his wife.
Sergey, or Wild Boar, 33, at a picnic. ‘I used to be 100% gangster,’ he told photographer Bruce Gilden. ‘Now less than 100.’
At the same picnic.
Alexey, 29, has given up the criminal life. ‘Now I’m honest,’ he says.
Sergey fighting with Dmitriy, 28, a police colonel.
A tattoo on Alexey's foot.
Sergey with his wife, Julia, a nurse. He has spent 14 years in prison and doesn’t want to go back, so is giving up the gangster life.
Sergey throws a drunk to the ground.