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In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple – Alexandr, a banker and Victoriya, an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or off stages. The characters stem from comic books and anime, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph is an outtake from a story on the Putin Generation that appeared last year in @natgeo and examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia.
You can see a gallery of photographs depicting cosplayers in Russia in an earlier post.
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