“You don’t work, you’re only looking after the baby.” Originally not more than the thoughtless statement by a friend, these words encouraged Russian photographer Yuliya Skorobogatova to carry out an empowering project that filled that alleged idleness with lots of life.

Titled “Mom at work”, she portrayed young women during their daily attempt to balance family and work. “Elena, cook. Married with two sons, eight and four years” is the (slightly ironic) title Skorobogatova gave one of her pictures: a reference to the men usually away at work. No doubt a professional cook can also formidably cook at home. But how do female actors, Pilates teachers, veterinarians, architects, packaging designers, etc. manage to work when they are surrounded by children? Skorobogatova, born in 1981 in Moscow, with two daughters, captured some lovingly chaotic moments of their daily lives. Her works have been published, for example, in Stern Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair. As for her professions, she explicitly states “photographer and housewife”.

Curriculum Vitae: Yuliya Skorobogatova, Russia (Freelance Photographer)

UNICEF Foto des Jahres: Yuliya Skorobogatova

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Yuliya Skorobogatova is a Russian documentary photographer born in 1981. Originally from Moscow, she is a wife and proud mother of two girls. This had a great influence on her work and latest projects. Seized by motherhood Yuliya began exploring her own life and subculture of new moms. This led to two empowering projects: "selfiettes" and "Mom at work" and showed true life of a new mom that resonated with women from all over the world.

Yuliya started as an artist after graduating Moscow State University for Humanities named after M.A. Sholokhov in 2005. Later she spent some time selling alcohol in distribution companies. In 2014 she got a dergee in Photojournalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University, there she was captivated by documentary photography and journalism.