"The models' nakedness is a powerful visual statement imbued with symbolism. They are not nude but naked, for they had courage to shed the many layers of fear and come out to the world uncovered, vulnerable, yet proud," said show curator, Ivan Savvine.
"Their naked bodies thus also reveal their experience as refugees, for every person seeking refuge rebuilds his or her life completely 'naked,' starting from scratch with no family or friends and often without the language they can speak or understand," Savvine notes in his introduction to Kargaltsev's published collection of the photographs. Some of my favorites are below. Poignant and powerful, I felt they were worth sharing.
What these men have endured, simply to be themselves, is entirely awe inspiring.