Stolie, 32, moved to Moscow from her hometown of Riga, Latvia, in 2000 and quickly became a top photographer, regularly shooting for the Russian editions of GQ and Vogue. But six months ago she abandoned editorial work to focus on her first book, a collection of portraits of men. She’s shot much of it while traveling with her husband to Mexico, Cuba, Uruguay, and Japan, but Moscow remains a major source of inspiration. “Some of our attempts to become civilized and modern in such a short period of time are awkward and ridiculous,” Stolie says. “But that kind of energy and freshness is addictive.”
Valentino gown; Mordekai by Ken Borochov crown.