There are many Russian photographers whose work is unique in its own way. In this compilation, we will talk about such professionals: from reporters who reveal the problems of society in photographs, to beauty artists who strive to show beauty. We selected those who liked our editors in recent months.
Photographer-videographer Yana Romanova creates pictures with performance elements. She interacts closely with her models in order to convey concepts: self-identification, family, social interaction. Yana herself calls her works experiments in which people can open up. She has created several projects (“Waiting”, “Exotarium”, “W”), holds regular exhibitions and participates in competitions.
In 2014, the British Journal of Photography included Yana Romanova in the list of promising photographers — Ones to Watch.
- From Yana, you can learn how to interact with the characters in a photo and how to perceive a photo in the context of a serial project.
Elena is an architect by education, which in a sense forms her vision of the frame and reliance on composition in filming. Elena emphasizes that she is self-taught in photography, and most of all she is engaged in documentary photography.
According to Elena, photography for her is a way to show the peculiarities of the life of different social and cultural groups in the context of changes in the world. Elena works with National Geographic Russia, GEO, Stern, Figaro, Le Monde and other publications, regularly holds exhibitions in Europe and Russia.
- You can learn landscape photography and urban photography “with character” from Elena.
A street photographer with 20 years of experience Zalman Shklyar founded his own photo agency ZS Photo Agency. He is also the editor-in-chief of the online magazine “Photoculture”.
The aspiration of this photographer is to “reveal the beauty of the world, peeling it from the husk.” There is always a mood in Zalman’s shots, and the whole city can be seen through just one character, a shadow or a corner of a house.
- You can learn how to work with shadows and reflections from Zalman.
The Moscow-based photographer, who gained popularity in 2016, captures moments of everyday life in the city in seemingly random shots. Each photo is a separate story. Boris’ photographs are essentially not a series, but a mosaic, the fragments of which form the face of a city or country. The photographer often holds exhibitions in Prague, Budapest, Moscow.
- You can learn from Boris how to work with black and white shots and street photography.
Photographer from St. Petersburg specializes in reportage and urban photography. His photographs are large-scale and often built on contrasts. He uses various themes and techniques to convey the look of the city. And the reports are very frank and straightforward. Photos of Alexander were published in Newsweek, National Geographic, Geo, Le Monde and other publications. He is also the winner of numerous competitions and conducts master classes.
- You can learn from Alexander how to work with a color frame and capture the moment.
Photographer Polina Tverdaya works in different directions, but most often you can find her work in the fashion genre. Polina has publications in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, SNC magazines.
Nevertheless, fashion shots are not her only merit. It is enough to look at a series of photos of chocolate for the Ptitsy cafe, although it would seem that you will not surprise anyone with subject photography.
- From Polina you can learn how to work with colors, light, geometry and composition in photography.
Marina Gorbunova (Ada Ocean)
“There is beauty in everything,” reads the front page of beauty photographer Ada Ocean’s website. Her portfolio includes works for Hello, Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan Beauty Russia and many others. The photographs of this photographer combine dynamics and gentle thoughtfulness. And Marina herself claims that it is important for her to convey the atmosphere and frank emotions through the photo.
- From Ada Ocean you can learn photography for fashion magazines and lighting design.
Alexander Gronsky was born in Estonia, but has been living and working in Moscow since 2006. His specialization is landscape photography and reportage projects. The most famous frames of Alexander capture the villages and small towns of Russia, the suburbs of Moscow. Among the photographs of Gronsky there are also portraits — both popular people and ordinary people. In this genre, he seeks to convey the character of a person against the backdrop of the world familiar to him.
Alexander’s photographs are known all over the world, his exhibitions were held in Moscow, Paris, London, Washington and other cities.
- You can learn from Alexander Gronsky photography, built on contrasts of color and brightness.
Moscow-based photographer Sergei Gorshkov captures mostly wildlife. He has four photo books and many series of photographs of animals living in the Russian expanses. Gorshkov’s photographs often made it to the pages of National Geographic, and he himself is a regular winner of the British Museum of Natural History. In 2020, the award in the adult nomination went to a photograph of the Amur tiger, taken in the Land of the Leopard National Park. Altogether, it took Gorshkov 10 months to make this shot.
- From Sergey Gorshkov, you can learn the technique of shooting animals and, definitely, patience.
Sergey Ponomarev is one of the most titled Russian photographers and the only Pulitzer Prize winner on our list. He received it for a photo dedicated to the immigration crisis in Europe. From 2003 to 2012, Ponomarev constantly shot for the Associated Press, and in 2012 he collaborated with the New York Times.
“Sergey’s visual perception works at a high level. He has the ability to organize what he sees in a complex manner, using the full range of the photographic dictionary, and he does it masterfully, ”said the well-known American photographer James Nachtwey about Ponomarev’s work.
- From Sergei Ponomarev, you can learn how to express what you see and capture emotions on film.
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