The Belovol Family

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On assignment for Takie DelaMary Gelman photographed the story of the Belovol family.

“An hour’s drive from St. Petersburg, beyond Gatchina, there is the village of Big Kolpany. There is a big house in it. And there lives a large — very large — family in it: mom, dad and children, many children. Sometimes more than 10. It all depends on the custody — some children are sometimes taken away when their birth parents announced.”