"Escape": How photos of hermits conquered the World Press Photo contest

Today Tkachenko describes himself as a hermit: “My reclusiveness lies in photography. Creativity demands many sacrifices and the subordination of one’s life to the process. It requires you to abandon family and ordinary living, to upset your routine. When you start to question society’s norms, there’s no going back.”

Today Tkachenko describes himself as a hermit: “My reclusiveness lies in photography. Creativity demands many sacrifices and the subordination of one’s life to the process. It requires you to abandon family and ordinary living, to upset your routine. When you start to question society’s norms, there’s no going back.”

Danila Tkachenko
Photographer Danila Tkachenko photographed hermits for three years and won the 2014 World Press Photo prize for his pictures.
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