Rafal Milach | The Winners

Country of origin: Poland
Project location: Belarus
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2013

Belarus is known as the last dictatorship in Europe. During the last presidential elections in January 2011people walked out to protest against the regime but demonstrations were brutally pacified, journalists beaten up and opposition leaders imprisoned. No matter what happens, the message given to society by the regime must be clear: “Everything is under control and Belarus has a bright future ahead”. In efforts to explore this motto, Milach is assuming the role of a propaganda photographer and is capturing national pride, especially through national contest winners of Belarus.