Located in Siberia, Norilsk is the world's northernmost city with a population of more than 100,000, and it's not just one of the coldest cities of the world—it's also one of the filthiest. Nickel ore smelting has transformed the landscape into one of the ten most polluted places on Earth.
Slava Stepanov is a photographer who shoots the far north of Russia from the air—a part of the world that few rarely see, much less in such incredible aerial detail. In this series, he documents Norilsk, the northernmost city on Earth.
Welcome to Norilsk, Russia. With 175,365 citizens, it's the northernmost big city in the world. The architecture is brutal, it's highly polluted, and it's freezing cold all year round. Yet its geometric and colorful shapes make it an oddly pleasing sight—at least as captured from the air by photographer Slava Stepanov.