Davide Monteleone is an artist and a visual journalist working on long term independent projects. He has devoted himself to the study of social issues, exploring the relationship between power and individuals. Monteleone is known for his specific interest in post-soviet countries and has published four books on the topic including: Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, La Linea Inesistente, in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. His projects have brought him numerous awards, including several World Press Photo prizes, and grants including the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award and Carmignac Photojournalism Award.
The series In the Russian East is a reinvention of Richard Avedon's In the American West, a widely recognized landmark project in photographic history. Avedon travelled with the intention of meeting and photographing the everyday people: ranch workers, roustabouts, bar girls, drifters, and gamblers. 30 years later when relationship between Russia and the US are far from smooth, Monteleone decided to recreate Avedon’s work in the Russian East. His aim is to break through the geographical vastness of the country and explore its eastern territories. He looks at small villages and large industrial cities so far from Moscow that they are excluded from the eurocentric political agenda. Instead Russians, Koreans, Chinese and numerous ethnic groups coexist there marking up new borders of the Russian "empire". Bearing the image of Russian icons in mind Monteleone photographs people on the streets by setting up a studio there, on the spot.