Hyperborea Stories from the Arctic

Evgenia Arbugaeva, Piers Vitebsky

A career-to-date retrospective of a unique creative talent. A journey to the most inaccessible Arctic regions of Siberia, showing dreamlike encounters with its people, landscapes, and fauna.

Hyperborea presents unforgettable visual tales of life in the Siberian Arctic that Evgenia Arbugaeva knew when she was growing up in Tiksi, a town on the shore of the Laptev Sea in the Republic of Yakutia. Her work discloses both the fragility and beautiful desolation of the land and those who inhabit it, and her rigorously composed photographs glow with rich otherworldly color, bristle with the raw vibrancy of the climate, and exhibit the quiet intensity of lives borne out in seclusion and extremes.

This beautifully produced photobook contains a decade of work, with photographs selected from across the full range of Arbugaeva’s series and extensive travels across the Russian Arctic coast to connect with people living in these remote and inhospitable places.

The photographs that she brings back from her long-term visits convey a world where everything seems connected: humans and nature, the sky and the land. An elemental space of deep solitude and slower pace of life. Her images invite us to contemplate a territory that has been a place of longing and imagination for many, which is now under existential threat from a multitude of environmental changes.

With an introduction by anthropologist Piers Vitebsky, four texts by Arbugaeva to supplement the images, and a specially commissioned map to provide a sense of where Arbugaeva’s work is located, Hyperborea is a future collectible for all photobook fans and introduces a global audience to a very special talent in the world of photography.


Born in the remote port of Tiksi in northeast Siberia, Arbugaeva has spent much of her career capturing her homeland from air, land and sea.

— New York Times Book Review

Breathtaking photographs of the stark beauty of stunning, rarely recorded Arctic landscapes… In rich, lush color, Arbugaeva captures strong emotion both in the people she meets and the places she visits… This volume serves as powerful documentation of a singular region of the world, testifying to both the crisp, frigid spectacle that Siberia offers and the boundless talent of the photographer who recorded it.

— Booklist (starred review)


Evgenia Arbugaeva


Evgenia Arbugaeva is a Russian-born, London-based photographer, a Fulbright-National Geographic Society Storytelling fellow, and a recipient of the ICP Infinity Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Time, and the New Yorker, among others. Haulout, directed by Evgenia and her brother Maxim Arbugaev, was nomated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film in 2023.

Piers Vitebsky

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