A guide to creative Russia

Contributors

Christina Abdeeva

Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, fashion photographer and designer Christina Abdeeva pursued art. Since her recent graduation from the British Higher School of Art and Design, she has worked as a freelance photographer for publications such as Vogue Russia, Port and Esquire. She currently divides her time between Moscow and Paris.

Edward Adrian-Vallance

Edward Adrian-Vallance has lived and worked in Russia for six years. He has a particular interest in indigenous minorities and has travelled through much of the Russian Arctic, Far East and the ex-Soviet Central Asian States. He now runs a small but successful interpreter/fixer service for journalists, photographers, filmmakers, academics and tourists wishing to visit these hard-to-reach places. His writing on Russia has been published in The Geographical, Travel Addict and Globespots online travel guide.

Alyona Ageeva

Alyona Ageeva is based in Nizhny Novgorod. She is an actress, director, poet and organiser of creative festival ART Camp. She also writes about culture for the local edition of Sobaka magazine.

Marina Akatova

Marina Akatova was born and lives in St Petersburg. She studied journalism at St Petersburg State University, and now works as a freelancer for numerous publications including Kommersant and Discovery magazine. In her spare time, Marina likes art. 

Petr Antonov

Petr Antonov was born in 1977 in Moscow, Russia. After receiving his university degree in foreign languages, Petr chose to pursue a somewhat unrelated career which led to him becoming a photographer. He currently does freelance work for both Russian and international press in addition to personal photography projects.

Max Adveev

Max Adveev is a Moscow-based freelance photographer with a particular interest in northern and central Asia. His work has been published in Das Magazin, The New Republic, Le Monde, Liberation and Vanity Fair.

Joseph Backstein

Joseph Backstein is the artistic director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, deputy director of the State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a member of the Art Historians' Association. He is the curator of more than 30 exhibitions including the Norman Foster solo show at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Sergei Bratkov’s exhibition at 25th Sao Paolo Biennial and was the curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1999. Backstein has a medal of the Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation and is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences and has a PhD in Sociology of Arts and Culture.

Anna Balagurova

St Petersburg-based Anna Balagurova is the editor-in-chief of The Village, a local news website. Before that she worked at Loft Project Etagi's Cultural Centre as an exhibition manager. In 2010, she launched one of the city's most popular seasonal markets, Garage Sale.

Valeriy Belobeev

Throughout his career as a photographer, Moscow-based Valeriy Belobeev has snapped everyone from Moscow's it-crowd to famous musicians in a variety of extraordinary locations.

Marc Bennetts

Marc Bennetts is a Moscow-based British journalist. His work has appeared in a number of UK and US publications, including The Guardian and The Times. He is the author of two books: Football Dynamo: Modern Russia and the People's Game (Virgin) and Kicking the Kremlin: Russia's New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin (Oneworld).

Dmitry Bezuglov

Self-professed jack of all trades, master of none, Dmitry Bezuglov, 22, is managing editor of Yekaterinburg’s WTF? magazine, co-editor of webzine Tesnota and part of the creative team for the Kleister art-space bookshop. He is also a writer and occasional accidental illustrator.

Uilleam Blacker

Uilleam Blacker is the Max Hayward Fellow in Russian Literature at St Antony's College, Oxford. His research embraces contemporary Polish, Russian and Ukrainian literature and culture, focusing in particular on urban culture and cultural memory. He is also a translator of contemporary Ukrainian literature.

Alexey Bogolepov

Alexey Bogolepov is a freelance photographer based in StPetersburg. His work focuses on the architecture and ideology of modernism, both in the former Soviet states and worldwide. He also runs Granite Editions, an independent publishing house for limited-edition photobooks.

Alexander Bondar

Alexander Bondar is a photographer based in St Petersburg. He studied at the Faculty of Press Photographers at the St Petersburg House of Journalists. From 2010 to 2013 he took part in several educational programs and workshops organised by Fotodepartament and ROSFOTO. Since 2013 he has been studying Photography and Time-Based Media at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem, in the Czech Republic. He self-published two photobooks (2011 and 2013) and is the publisher of Zoopark Magazine with photographer Tatyana Palyga.

Eliot Borenstein

Eliot Borenstein is a Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies and Collegiate Professer at New York University. He has worked on issues of sexuality and masculinity in Slavic literature and modern culture. You can see a list of his publications and read his blog for NYU Jordan Center here.

Mark Boyarsky

Mark Boyarksy studied graphic design before his career as a photographer for a range of leading Russian magazines and newspapers. 

Konstantin Budarin

Born in Tartu, Estonia in 1987, Konstantin Budarin has lived in St Petersburg since 2004. After graduating with a degree in microelectronics in 2008, Budarin switched to journalism: he completed the Pro Arte foundation cultural journalism course and currently writes about architecture for art1.ru and Project Baltia.

Sasha Burenkov

Sasha Burenkov is an artist, curator and creative director who explores the boundaries between communication and immaterial art practices. After studying Ancient Greek and general linguistics at St Petersburg State university, he received a BA from the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow and collaborated with a number of media and art institutions including Strelka Institute, Polytechnic Museum and Dream Industries.

Jonathan Campion

Jonathan Campion studied Russian in Exeter, Yaroslavl and Tver, and since 2007 has worked as a translator for companies in Kiev and London. Jonathan is a published travel writer, with a fixation for Russia’s remote regions and all of the former Soviet Union. His website is jonathancampion.com.

Alena Chendler

When Moscow-based fashion photographer Alena Chandler isn't shooting magazine editorials, she takes snapshots of the Moscow party scene for Central Park Mag, a website she runs with her partner, Alexsei Kalabin. She also runs Cycles Lady, a blog about style savvy women on bikes in Moscow. 

Shura Collinson

Shura Collinson is a Moscow-based journalist originally from Leeds, UK. Before moving to Moscow she lived in St Petersburg for seven years, where she was editor-in-chief of The St. Petersburg Times newspaper. She hold a Master's degree in Russian and French from the University of Cambridge, and has written and contributed to several guidebooks on Russia.

Samuel Crews

Samuel Crews is Online & Marketing Manager for the Calvert 22 Foundation in London. He has been an editor of The Calvert Journal since its launch in January 2013. A graduate in Russian Studies from UCL SSEES, he writes regularly on contemporary Russian culture and society, in particular film.  

Simon Crofts

Simon Crofts was born in Edinburgh and studied law at Oxford University. He went to work as a lawyer in Moscow for six years in the 1990s specialising in privatisation, finance and securities. During this time he also spent a year working on a space law project cooperating with the Russian Space Agency. For the last 12 years he has worked as a photographer, living first in Krakow and now back in his native Edinburgh. He often collaborates with his wife, the Polish photographer Sylwia Kowalczyk.

Tom Cubbin

Tom Cubbin is a design historian who studies the material culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. He has written about the rebirth of design in the Soviet Sixties and on futurology in that period. He is currently researching a PhD on “artists in design” in the USSR after the Second World War.

Salvi Danés

Salvi Danés is a Spanish documentary photographer whose work examines ideas around representation and subjectivity especially in the context of cities. His work has been exhibited around the world including at the International Festival of Photography of Tarragona in Spain (2012), at Circulation(s) festival in Paris (2012) and at the Festival für jungen fotojournalismus (2012) to name a few. Danés was awarded first prize in the university category at the 2008 Sony World Photography Awards.

Olga Danilkina

Olga Danilkina, 24, graduated in PR from Moscow State University, but has always maintained an interest in journalism. Her passion for contemporary art began about five years ago — she later studied under photography curator Irina Meglinskaya — but her love of the written word won out. She now writes about contemporary culture for a number of Russian publications and organises teaching and publishing initiatives at artist Anatoly Osmolovsky’s BAZA institute. 

Masha Demianova

Before turning to photography, Demianova studied journalism and creative writing, and worked as a photo shoot producer at L'Officiel magazine. She has taken photographs for a range of well-known publications including L'Officiel, Harper's Bazaar, Afisha Magazine, Look At Me and Port.

Louise Dickson

Louise Dickson is a Minnesota native, Moscow-based writer and journalist. She writes about modern Russia, political economics and state-owned entities. Her research interests are varied, ranging from proletariat poetry to photography across the Soviet and post-Soviet space. Her work can be viewed here

Andrew Dickson

Andrew Dickson is a writer and critic for the Guardian, the New Statesman and others. A new edition of his Rough Guide to Shakespeare came out in 2009, he has contributed to the New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2010), and he appears regularly as a critic for the BBC. He blogs at worldselsewhere.com.

Joanna Dobson

Joanna Dobson is a freelance writer and translator. She has recently returned to London having spent the past decade in the Altai Republic where she worked as translator and interpreter for the United Nations Biodiversity Conservation Project. She also translates non-fiction for Russian and Altai authors. Dobson has a blog, Altai Pilgrim, and is currently writing a travel novel on her experiences of life in the Altai Republic. She has a passion for rock art, shokoladnitsa and capoeira.  

Anna Dranishnikova

Anna Dranishnikova is a writer, freelance curator and art critic from Novosibirsk. She is the manager of various culture, art and education projects, including the Moebius Apple Science Art festival and Total Dictation, a Russian language educational project. 

Jacob Dreyer

Jacob Dreyer is a Beijing-based writer and theorist of architecture. He is Senior Editor at Lifestyle 品味生活 Magazine and his work has been published in a wide variety of journals in the US, UK and China. His book The Nocturnal Wanderer is due to be published by Eros Press shortly and his writing can be found at www.dreyerprojects.info

Maria Dudko

Maria Dudko has made three attempts at getting a university degree and has failed at all of them. Most recently she did not obtain her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne. She is unemployed, but is very good at reading in the bathtub and having opinions. She likes art and politics. Her biggest achievement to date has been keeping her social anxiety disorder in check for the duration of the Moscow Experimental School for Gender Studies.

Masha Egupova

Masha Egupova is a freelance journalist from Vladivostok, a city in the Russian Far East on the Pacific coast. She writes about social, political and media issues in Russia, Hungary and Egypt as well as her hometown. A keen traveller, Egupova divides her time between Cairo, Bangkok and Budapest. She also writes a travelog about her experiences in in each country. 

Anastasiia Fedorova

Anastasiia Fedorova is Commissioning Editor of The Calvert Journal. She writes about fashion, photography and contemporary visual culture for various publications including Dazed & Confused, 032c and SHOWstudio. You can see some of her writing and photos here and follow her on Twitter here

Daria Feigina

Daria Feigina is a curator and art manager. Based in Tver, she travels a lot around Russia but believes in her native town. She has created and curated the culture festivals Believe in Tver and M10, and worked on the White Nights Festival in Perm and, in 2012, on the night of museums in Krasnodar.

Anna Filipova

Anna Filipova is a Moscow-born, London-based freelance photographer and researcher.

Anya Filippova

Anya Filippova is a Moscow-based design writer who specialises in graphic design, typography, illustration, interior and architecture. In the past seven years she has published two books and written articles for [kAk) magazine, Theory&Practice, Afisha and Bang!Bang!. She believes that good design really matters.

Sasha Galitzine

Born and bred in London, Galitzine has an MA in History of Art from Edinburgh University, where she specialised in the art of the Russian avant-garde. Interested in exploring her Russian roots, she moved to St Petersburg where she has been living for the past year. She has worked in social media for cultural project New Holland and written for Garage Magazine's official blog. She recently assisted on the installation of the Chapman Brothers' show at Hermitage 20/21 and is currently working as a freelance writer.

Lucia Ganieva

Lucia Ganieva is a Russian-born freelance photographer who has been living in the Netherlands since 1993. She graduated at the Foto Academie Amsterdam (cum laude) in 2007 but continues to work in Russia because of her strong connection to Russian society and its people. 

Amelia Glaser

Amelia Glaser studies Russian, Ukrainian, and Jewish cultural and literary intersections. She is an associate professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. You can learn more about her research, writing, and translations here

Ivan Gololobov

Ivan Gololobov was born and raised in Krasnodar, Russia. Since the age of 17, he has somehow combined careers as a punk musician and as an anthropologist, sociologist and political scientist; this eventually led to him becoming a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Warwick. He is currently working on post-socialist punk and contemporary Russian underground music, teaching social theory and methods of qualitative sociological research, and commenting for the BBC Russian Service on contemporary youth movements and current affairs in Russian popular culture.

Seth Graham

Seth Graham is a lecturer in Russian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He has written widely on late-Soviet and contemporary Russian culture, especially cinema.  He is the author of Resonant Dissonance: The Russian Joke in Cultural Context.

Carmen Gray

Born in New Zealand and now based in London, Carmen Gray studied film and Russian at university before working in various cities, including Moscow, as an English language teacher. Having retrained as a journalist, she is now Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine and a freelance film critic for publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Screen International and Estonian culture weekly Sirp.

Tatyana Grishina

Tatyana Grishina has worked as a journalist in her hometown of Perm since 2011. She is the managing editor of Fish magazine, a publication about Perm and the local culture, which she helped found. She also writes for a number of other websites including The Village, W-O-S and Hopes & Fears.

Maria Gruzdeva

Maria Gruzdeva is a Russian-born photographer now based in London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication, she mostly works in the genre of fine art documentary. Her interest lies in the history of Russia, its modern identity and aesthetics. She has won numerous awards including the Ideastap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award and the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer competition, and been a finalist in the LensCulture Exposure Award and others.

Nancy Gryspeerdt

Nancy Gryspeerdt is a script consultant and editor based in London. Alongside script development work for BBC and Channel 4 productions she has programmed a philosophy festival, edited a collection of short stories for Channel 4 and is currently launching an interdisciplinary arts magazine. She works on travel-related projects with Sam Kinchin-Smith: the last took them to Siberia, the next will take them to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.

Anya Harrison

Born in Moscow, Anya Harrison has lived, studied and worked in Washington DC, London, Oxford and Paris. With degrees in English Literature and History of Art, she has previously worked as Project Executive on the book Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia and on exhibitions at Moscow's Garage Centere for Contemporary Culture. Currently based in London, she writes on contemporary art and culture for English- and Russian-language publications and works as an independent curator.

Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley is the author of four books on British architecture, politics and pop culture as well as Across the Plaza, an e-book on public squares in post-communist Europe. He wrote his PhD thesis on Americanism in the Weimar Republic and the USSR. He lives mostly in Woolwich and sometimes in Warsaw.

Helena Boutko

Helena Boutko is a freelance photographer, non-stop traveller and fashion addict. She recently moved from Yekaterinburg to Moscow and continues to shoot pretty much anything as long as it gives her the opportunity to be creative. Boutko has worked with numerous Russian designers for magazines and collaborated with fashion sites such as Buro 24/7, Vogue.ru, LookAtMe and others.

Rob Hornstra

Rob Hornstra, born in The Netherlands in 1975, is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. He has been commissioned by international magazines to produce documentary series and taken part in numerous exhibitions. In 2009, together with the writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen, he started The Sochi Project, which over five years would document the area of Olympic Sochi. In addition to his work on The Sochi Project, he is also the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK—Space for Documentary Photography. 

Arthur House

Arthur House is a founding editor of online quarterly The Junket, and a journalist for The Daily Telegraph

Michael Idov

Michael Idov is the former editor-in-chief of GQ Russia. Born in Latvia, he has spent most of his life in the United States before moving to Moscow to edit the magazine. His own writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, New York Magazine, The New Republic and many other publications. He is the author of two books — Ground Up, a novel, and Made In Russia, a collection of essays on Soviet design.

Lily Idov

Photographer Lily Idov returned to her hometown of Moscow in 2012. Before that she lived in New York for 15 years her work was published in Vogue, GQ, New York Magazine, Architect and Food+Wine.

Anastasia Ivanova

Ivanova is a Moscow-born photographer, videographer model and muse. She did her BA in photography in London, her rock scene initiation in LA and goes for regular spiritual upgrades in Tuva. In her nomadic lifestyle, she divides her time between making music videos for Russian prostitute-rock band Manflu, filming for Pavel Pepperstein's new movie, modelling for Conde Nast Traveler and photographing shamans for her own pleasure.

Olya Ivanova

Olya Ivanova is documentary photographer from Moscow. Her work has been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian Weekend, Monocle, Bloomberg, Neon, Port and other magazines around the world. In her free time she photographs Russian villages and studies at the Institute of Contemporary Art. 

Ben Judah

Ben Judah is a writer and journalist. He is the author of Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell in and out of Love with Vladimir Putin and has contributed to a long list of publications, including the New York Times, the Economist, Prospect and Standpoint. He formerly worked as a Russia reporter at Reuters and a Russia analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative. 

Anna Kadyrova

Although a psychologist by training, Anya Kadyrova has always been drawn to journalism. Kadyrova, who is now based in New York, used to work as a political correspondent for Rain TV in Moscow. She also covers fashion, design, theatre. Kadyrova's work has taken her to a range of places from Chechnya to the Dominican Republic.

Ivan Kalashnikov

Ivan Kalashnikov is a Moscow-born, London-based editor and writer for Sports.ru with a passion for football and its reflection in popular culture.

Ilya Kalinin

Ilya Kalinin was born in 1975. He is a historian of culture and literatry critic and teaches at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St Petersburg State University. He is editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based journal Untapped Resource: Debates about politics and culture (Neprikosnovennyi zapas).

Alexander Kan

Cultural historian and BBC broadcaster Alexander Kan has worked as a journalist and music critic in London since 1996. He has been involved with the Russian underground music since the 1970s in particular the jazz and avant-garde scenes. 

Andrei Kartashov

Andrei Kartashov is a St Petersburg-based film critic, cultural journalist and blogger. He has a BA in Russian language and literature from St Petersburg State University. He is a staff writer for Bumaga and has contributed to various Russian film and lifestyle publications as a freelancer.

Yev Kazannik

Evgeniy (Yev) Kazannik is a Russian-born photographer and visual artist. A graduate of the University of Arts London, Evgeniy currently lives and works in London. His photographic works reflect his fascination with the present moment as it is. Kazannik predominantly shoots editorial portrait, music, fashion and interiors. His work has been published in the Guardian/Observer, the Independent Magazine, Kommersant, Time Out, WIRE, Rolling Stones, NME, Shook Magazine, DJMag, Bonafide,  Electronic Beats, Red Bulletin, MixMag, Crack, The Couch Sessions, Texture and others. Kazannik is a founder and director of Green Lens Studios — a photographic studio and gallery space based in North London. His first book, "The Breakfast Jam" is due to be be published in Autumn 2014.

Mark Kelner

Mark Kelner is a writer and curator based in Washington, DC. A graduate of George Mason University, where he studied with the novelist Vasily Aksyonov, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Russia Beyond the Headlines and other outlets. Of note, his humorous essay, How to Sell Art to Oligarchs, was published as part of A Hedonist's Guide to Art (Filmer/Artica, London, 2010) and was excerpted in its entirety in The Times. In 2010 he was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Museum Foundation where he works on international contemporary art projects.

Sam Kinchin-Smith

Sam Kinchin-Smith is a writer and digital curator based in London. He has written and/or produced online platforms for magazines like the New Statesman and Exeunt and organisations like English Heritage and Routledge. He once edited a collection of essays about Nick Cave. He works on travel-related projects with Nancy Gryspeerdt: the last took them to Siberia, the next will take them to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world.

Kirill Kobrin

Kirill Kobrin writes fiction and nonfiction prose, co-edits Moscow magazine of culture and politics Neprikosnovenniy Zapas (Emergency Rations), and researches the cultural history of Russia, Great Britain and the Czech Republic. He is the author of 14 books and his texts have been translated into several European languages. He lives in London.

Vladimir Kolbatov

Vladimir Kolbatov was born in 1986 in St Petersburg. After studying philology at St Petersburg State University, Kolbatov moved to photojournalism, studying at various institutions in his home city, including Fotodepartment. His work was exhibited in the Fotodepartment Young Photography exhibition in December 2013.

Oleg Koronnyy

Oleg Koronnyy was born in Moscow but spent most of his childhood in Paris. In 2011 he left his studies in cinema and theatre at Moscow's State Humanities University in order to write about sport for new website W-O-S, where he still works, for the most part as the director and presenter of video segment Oh No, Anything But That

Anastasia Korosteleva

Anastasia Korosteleva was born and raised in Moscow. Of all the disciplines studied in the British Higher School of Art and Design she found herself drawn to photography. She has twice won the D&AD New Blood Award in the photography category. She currently works as a freelance photographer for Russian and international publications, in addition to personal projects.

Sergey Kostromin

Sergey Kostromin is a photographer and a graduate of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. You can view more of his work on his blog

Katerina Kravtsova

Katerina Kravtsova is a Moscow-based journalist who graduated with a degree in International Relations from St Petersburg State University. She has has written for a raft of publications including The Moscow Times, The Telegraph and The Times.

Vitaly Kurennoj

Vitaly Kurennoj was born in 1970. He is a professor at the Higher School of Economics, where he is head of the Cultural Studies department; he is also the editor of Logos. His main scholarly interests are philosophy and socio-political theory in the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary culture, sociology and the institutional history of knowledge. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles in Russian social and political publications. 

Mitya Kushelevich

Born in Moscow, Mitya Kushelevich moved to Germany in 1996. After getting a degree in Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, he pursued a career in advertising, working as freelance photographer and art director for customers such as DHL, Ford, Kaspersky, NBC Universal and Amnesty International. His career took an unusual path after coming back to Moscow in 2009, involving non-creative entrepreneurship.

Masha Kuzmenko

Masha Kuzmenko is a Moscow-born, London-based freelance writer who has had work published in Wallpaper and Architectural Review. After completing a degree in architecture at Edinburgh University, she worked in several design practices. She has a particular interest in design and technology, and the crossover between the two.

Andrey Kuznetsov

Andrey Kuznetsov was born in Yessentuki, a town at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. He loves photography, mountains and skateboarding. His work has been featured in Vice and streetwear magazine creammag.ru.

Artyom Langenburg

Artyom Langenburg is a writer, cultural critic and specialist in contemporary philosophy, based in St Petersburg. He currently works as online editor of lifestyle magazine Sobaka.ru.

Lisa Lelkova

Lisa Lelkova studied journalism at Moscow State University before moving to Stockholm in 2012 to continue her studies. She has worked as a journalist and editor for several Russian newspapers and magazines, including Snob and Bolshoi Gorod. Lelkova also works as a freelance illustrator.

Jan Levchenko

Jan Levchenko graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1996 and received a PhD in Semiotics and Cultural Theory in 2004. He has taught at the Art History department of the European University of St Petersburg and worked as a journalist in cultural media, as well as art director for film distribution company Carmen Video. Since 2009 he has been a teaching professor and researcher in the Cultural Studies department at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Mark Lipovetsky

Mark Lipovetsky is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was born in Yekaterinburg in 1964, where he also went to university. He has been living in the US since 1996. Since the 1990s, Lipovetsky’s interests as a critic and scholar have centred on postmodernist literature and culture in Russia. He is the author of eight books and co-editor of seven volumes on Russian literature and culture. 

Inna Logunova

After completing a degree in culture studies and translation, Inna Logunova quickly turned to journalism. She has worked as a news writer, correspondent, editor and multimedia producer, covering cultural events both in English and Russian. A great fan of contemporary art in all its forms, she is particularly fond of theatre and dance.

Alec Luhn

Alec Luhn is a Moscow-based journalist who has written for the Guardian, the Independent, The Nation, Slate and GlobalPost, among others.

Eric Lusito

Eric Lusito is a French self-taught photographer. His first project Traces of the Soviet Empire is the result of six years of traveling through the former Soviet world as an archaeologist — from East Germany to Mongolia, Poland to Kazakhstan — seeking out the military remains that embodied the ambition and the might of the USSR.

Marina Lykova

Moscow-born Marina Chernishova has spent the last ten years working in financial analytics and journalism. She also teaches yoga and writes articles on the philosophy of healthy living among other topics.

Sasha Mademuaselle

Sasha Mademuaselle has been taking photographs, especially of her friends, since she was 17. Her work has been featured in a variety of magazines including Vice and Dazed & Confused. She is currently photo editor of influential Russian cultural magazine Afisha.

Kamila Mamadnazarbekova

Kamila Mamadnazarbekova is a Moscow-based journalist with a particular interest in cinema and theatre history. After a degree in economics at Moscow State University, she fled to Paris to become a documentary filmmaker at the renowned La Fémis school. But she failed. Instead she continued her studies at GITIS – The Russian University of Theatre Arts. She works for Theatre magazine and is a regular contributor to Vedomosti, gazeta.ru, wonderzine, Vogue, Snob, Interview Russia, Séance and others. 

Giulia Mangione

Florence-born Giulia Mangione is assistant photo editor of The Calvert Journal. She has a passion for photography and photojournalism, and is constantly looking for innovative ways of visual storytelling and photobook making. 

Victoria Marchenkova

Victoria Marchenkova is an artist and researcher. She graduated from the New Media faculty of the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia and she is now finishing her PhD dissertation about Russian and Chinese video art. She has written for a number of Russian art magazines.

Carlo Martuscelli

Carlo is a student of Russian and Philosophy at University College London and aspiring journalist. He spent the last year living in St Petersburg as part of his degree.

Sergey Maximishin

Photojournalist Sergey Maximishin was born in Kerch, a city in eastern Crimea, in 1964. He has worked for numerous publications including the The Times of London, Time magazine, Newsweek, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has twice won the World Press Photo Award in 2004 and in 2006.

Viktor Mazin

Viktor Mazin, PhD, is an art critic, psychoanalyst, curator and the founder of the Freud Dreams Museum in St Petersburg. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Russia, Finland, Germany and the USA and is editor-in-chief of arts and science journal Kabinet, and sits on the editorial boards of numerous other international journals. In addition to teaching visual arts theory at Smolny College, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St Petersburg, he is an honorary professor of the Institute of Depth Psychology (Kiev) and head of the department of theoretical psychoanalysis at the East European Institute of Psychoanalysis (St Petersburg). Mazin is the author of numerous articles and books on psychoanalysis, deconstruction and visual arts, and has had articles published in English, Dutch, German, French and Japanese, as well as Russian.

Brendan McGetrick

Brendan McGetrick is an American author, designer and curator. His work has appeared in publications in over 20 countries including Wired, Art Review, Domus and Vogue Nippon. Upon graduating from New York University, McGetrick worked for four years as head writer and editor for architect Rem Koolhaas’s OMA-AMO office producing a wide range of media works. Upon leaving OMA-AMO in 2007, McGetrick embarked on a series of collaborations with leading designers around Asia. He has also contributed to numerous exhibitions as an artist, editor and curator. In 2011 he curated “Unnamed Design”, a component of the Gwangju Design Biennale, which was selected as the year’s best contemporary design show by the New York Times. Since 2012, he has worked as director at the Strelka Institute in Moscow. For more information, please see brendanmcgetrick.com.

Natalia Melikova

Born in Moscow, raised in California, Natalia Melikova is a photographer currently based in Moscow. She is the creator of The Constructivist Project – an interdisciplinary project which promotes Russian avant-garde art and architecture and advocates for the preservation of cultural heritage. She is a member of the Russian branch of Docomomo and does freelance writing on preservation issues in Russia. In addition to an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she also has a degree in International Studies from the University of California in San Diego.

Artyom Melnik

A Yekaterinburg native who loves ginger very much, Melnik is a Masters student at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University, as well as a freelance journalist and  occasional translator. Although his Masters is in Music Criticism, his tastes and cultural interests are much broader.

Slava Mogutin

Slava Mogutin is a New York-based Russian-American artist and writer, exiled from Russia for his outspoken writrings and activism. His artwork has been exhibited around the world from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York to the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, and has appeared in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, i-D, Visionaire, L’Uomo Vogue and BUTT.

Davide Monteleone

Davide Monteleone is a documentary photographer who has spent years photographing Russia. He currently lives between Italy and Russia pursuing long-term personal projects including work for VII Photo. In 2001 he moved to Moscow where he worked as a correspondent for the photo agency Contrasto before becoming a regular contributor for high-profile magazines such as the New Yorker. 

Mikhail Mordasov

Mikhail Mordasov is a freelance photographer based in Sochi. He has worked as a stringer for AFP and Reuters, and had work published in numerous publications including The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Russian Report. You can view his portfolio here

Maria Morina

Maria Morina is a Russian photographer and filmmaker. Since 2009 has been working on joint project by three female photographers Grozny: Nine Cities, which explores specific aspects of the aftermath of the two Chechen wars and which has won several international awards.Her short documentary film, Nizhny Tagil Youth, which explores notions of work and freedom in the lives of young people in Nizhny Tagil, was selected for the Rencontres Internationales in Paris/Berlin/Madrid and screened in 2011-2012. She is currently involved in the production of her first full-length documentary film and a series of photo and video art projects. She is based in St Petersburg.

Andrei Morozov

Andrei Morozov is a Moscow-based journalist and founder of the event agency Proper People. A keen music aficionado, he is known for introducing European and US electronic bands to a Russian audience.

Egor Mostovshikov

Egor Mostovshikov is a journalist from Moscow. He is a special correspondent for Esquire Russia and has written for Russky Reporter, GQ, The New Times, Kommersant, Afisha, SNC, Hopes&Fear, The Village and Forbes. He is the creator of Batenka.ru.

Andrei Muchnik

Andrei Muchnik was born and raised in Voronezh, but moved to Moscow after university. He currently works for The Moscow Times and Russia! magazine, writing on culture. He has also worked in PR and other copywriting roles. 

Lesya Myata

Lesya Myata is a Russian stylist, journalist and Marxist who has worked in fashion for the past 14 years. She currently lives and works in London at the Calvert 22 Foundation as a PR and project coordinator.

Valery Nechay

Valery Nechay is a St Petersburg-based journalist who has been working for Echo of Moscow, Russia's leading independent radio station since 2003. He is particularly interested in politics, social problems, culture and how all these influence each other. Valery is currently continuing his studies in Information Technologies at Herzen State University. 

Ivan Nechepurenko

Ivan Nechepurenko is a Moscow-based journalist, who works as a staff writer at The Moscow Times. He has graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in International Relations. His work has been published by Slon.Ru, the Aspen Institute and other media outlets. 

Sergey Novikov

Moscow-based photographer Sergey Novikov has taken photos in Russia, Europe and the US for publications such as Russian Esquire, Italian Rolling Stone and Russian Reporter. In 2011, he self-published FC Volga United, a book of photos about football fans who live along the Volga, Europe's longest river.

Maryam Omidi

Maryam Omidi is Features Editor of The Calvert Journal. She has been published in the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Eurozine and Index on Censorship. You can view her portfolio here and follow her on Twitter here

Evgenia Openko

Although she was born in Siberia, Openko has always dreamed of moving to St Petersburg, where she currently lives. She writes about US culture and is in the process of conducting research on Russian soft power. She has been involved in various projects promoting contemporary Russian film and literature in the UK and the US.

Garrett Pappas

Garrett Pappas is a Moscow-based photographer and legal consultant at a top international firm. He has been living in Russia and the CIS on and off since 2006. His debut exhibition Longue Vue Moscow was shown at a gallery in the Russian capital in October 2012 and received critical acclaim.

Richard Pare

Richard Pare was born in England in 1948. In his early years he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. Later he studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. In 1973 he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and since then he has been working as a photographer with a particular affinity for architecture. His most recent project is an ongoing study of the architecture of the Russian avant-garde. In 1996 he published Tadao Ando: the Colours of Light which received the AIA monograph award. He was curator of the Seagram photography collection from 1974 until 1985. He was the founding curator for the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture from its inception in 1974 until he became a consultant to the collection in 1989, a role he continues to fulfill. His works have been exhibited widely and he is represented in many of the major public collections of photography. He continues to write and lecture on the history of photography. His numerous seminal exhibitions and publications include Court House: A Photographic Document (1978) Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939 (1982), and The Lost Vanguard, Architecture of the Russian Avantgarde 1922-1932. You can see more of his photography here.

Ed Park

Ed Park is a British photographer who lives with his Russian wife in London .After studying fine art, he turned to photography, taking pictures of landscapes, food and still-lifes, with his personal projects attracting commercial commissions. Recent publications include Tuscany and Sicily by Phaidon Press. He has travelled in southern Siberia, camping, photographing and fishing.

Alex Partola

Latvian-born, Moscow-based photographer Alex Partola has had his work exhibited in numerous galleries from Artplay in Moscow to Studio 74 in London. In 2012, he published Ghost in the Machine, a photography book about Russian graffiti.

Maria Pasholok

Maria Pasholok is a journalist and filmmaker based in London. She contributes regularly to Forbes and the Times Literary Supplement. She also teaches film history at the University of Oxford. 

Sasha Pershakova

Sasha Pershakova is an editor and journalist covering fashion and culture. She contributes to a number of magazines, both print and online, and consults young fashion brands and startups. She is interested in the dynamics of print and digial media, social media and science.

Egor Pigalev

Egor Pigalev is a freelance photographer based in Perm. He is one of the founding members of photography groups FotoDelo and Convoy, and works at media alliance Mediana.    

Kevin M. F. Platt

Kevin M. F. Platt is the author of books and articles about the intersections of Russian literature and history, most recently Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths. He also writes about and translates Russian poetry. He is currently writing a book about Russian culture in Latvia. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. You can see a full bio and list of his publications here.

Alexei Ponomarchuk

Alexei Ponomarchuk was born in 1986 in Yekaterinburg and graduated from Ural Pedagogical University. He is a photographer for a leading news agency and also works freelance. 

Oleg Ponomarev

St Petersburg-based photograoher Oleg Ponomarev, born 1988, studied photography at the St Petersburg Union of Journalists and then under Sergei Maximishin. He has taken part in several collective exhibitions, including the Russian Museum contemporary photography biennale and Russia's Festival of Young Photographers 2013/2014.

Anton Popov

Anton Popov is an ethnographer and social researcher who was born in the Krasnodar region, southern Russia. Before moving to the UK where he did his PhD in 2001, Anton taught in several higher education institutes and vocational collages in Krasnodar, conducted ethnographic research among ethnic minorities and migrants in the Caucasus, collaborated with the human rights centre Memorial, and the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology in Moscow. His research investigates cultural identity, social memory and national revival in post-socialist society and the UK.      

Sergey Poteryaev

Yekaterinburg-based photographer Sergey Poteryaev specialises in documentary photography and multimedia. He also curates a photography exhibition programme at the New House of Culture in Pervouralsk, 39km west of Yekaterinburg. His works have been exhibited around the world in countries such as Australia, China, Italy, the UK and Malaysia.

Andy Potts

Andy Potts first visited Russia in 1990 on a school exchange, and after returning in 2005 to explore the TransMongolian railway he moved to Moscow the following year. Now he works as a freelance journalist, editor and hockey reporter.

Anna Pozniak

Anna Pozniak is a Moscow-based journalist and researcher with an interest in urban sociology and the sociology of culture. She is originally from Belarus, where, around foour years ago, she co-founded an online magazine about local culture KY with a group of her friends. Now she continues to collaborate with Belarusian media and also works at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. 

Agata Pyzik

Agata Pyzik writes in Polish and English for a number of publications incдuding the Guardian, The Wire, Icon, Frieze, Lampa and many more. She has contributed to anthologies on experimental music, Ryszard Kapuściński and contemporary urbanism. She is currently working on two book projects: Counter-Tradition, a collection of interviews with artists and theorists, and Poor But Sexy, on Cold War and post-Communist culture.

Valentin Ramon

Valentin Ramon is a Swiss-born, London-based illustrator.

Jamie Rann

Jamie Rann writes, edits, translates and teaches things about, of all places, Russia. He is currently lecturer in Russian at Queen Mary University of London; he used to be Comment Editor of The Calvert Journal. You can read some of his academic work here and some of his translation work here

Sasha Raspopina

Sasha Raspopina studied International Journalism at St Petersburg State University and graduated in 2011. She worked at a local TV station in St Petersburg before moving on to freelance work as a journalist and editor for various magazines and online projects. In collaboration with a friend, she also used to make IstinaZine, a printed and online zine about films, music and pop-culture.

Tina Remiz

Tina Remiz is a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin. Although she is based in the UK, she travels extensively for work. She graduated from BA in photographic arts at the University of Westminster in 2012, and currently works as a freelance photographer, specialising in reportage and portraiture. Much of her personal work is concerned with the issues of migration and cultural identity as she reflects her experience of growing up in post-Soviet Latvia before immigrating to western Europe.

Dmitry Renansky

Dmitry Renansky is a theatre specialist and music critic. He is the editor-in-chief of the theatre section on internet portal Colta.ru as well as a staff writer at Kommersant. Renansky has previously worked as the head of future planning at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, and has served on the Board of Experts of the Golden Mask national theatre award. He is the co-founder of creative group Opergruppa, curator of the Laboratory of Contemporary Opera (Moscow, 2012-13), and a deputy director of the Post Theatre in St Petersburg. 

Natalya Reznik

Natalya Reznik is currently a researcher in art history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and a photography teacher at Fotodepartment, a St Petersburg-based non-profit that promote contemporary art. Her work has been exhibited widely in Russia, Europe and the US and also published in magazines such as Marie Claire. She studied design at Perm State Technical University and has a PhD in the philosophy of culture from St Petersburg State University.

Egor Rogalev

Egor Rogalev is a freelance photographer based in St Petersburg. Rogalev made the switch to photography after working as a photo editor for a range of local media including Time Out St Petersburg. He has a particular interest in the ongoing transformation of post-Soviet countries.

Maria Romanova-Hynes

Maria Romanova-Hynes is a Moscow-born, Dublin-based young artist whose interests include literature, theatre, film and photography. 

Kevin Rothrock

Kevin Rothrock is project editor of RuNet Echo at Global Voices Online. He holds a Master’s degree in European history from the University of California, Berkeley, and he is currently a doctoral student in political science at the University of Connecticut. Rothrock served as a research assistant to Russian politics expert Leon Aron at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC between 2009 and 2011.

Sasha Rudensky

Sasha Rudensky was born and raised in Moscow but moved to the US with her family in 1990. She has an MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BA from Wesleyan University, where she is currently head of the photography programme. She divides her time between New York and Connecticut.

Denis Ryabov

Denis Ryabov is a 23-year-old photographer and DJ. He currently works at Podpisniye Izdaniya, an independent bookstore in St Petersburg, and has previously worked for New Holland's summer programme. He moved to St Petersburg from his native Izhevsk five years ago.

Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin is a New York based photographer and educator. You can view her portfolio here.

Igor Samolet

Photographer Igor Samolet graduated from the Rodchenko Art School, Moscow. He specialises in documentary photography. In 2013 he published a book be happy which was included in The Photobook: A History Volume III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. 

Kirill Savchenkov

Kirill Savchenkov is a Moscow-based artist working on a theme of post-Soviet suburbs and contemporary suburban habitats. Before turning to art and studying at the Rodchenko Art School in Moscow, he obtained a degree in radio physics. He works with image, text and performance. You can see more of his work here

Oleg Savunov

Oleg Savunov is a photographer. He was born in 1983 in Leningrad, Russia. In 2005 he graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University and in 2006 he began studying photography at Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2012 he graduated from the Faculty of Press Photographers in St Petersburg and was part of the faculty's first group overseas exhibitionat the Catalonian Institute of Photography (IEFC) in Barcelona. Since 2012 he has participated in several educational programs and workshops organised by St Petersburg's Fotodepartament. Oleg is interested above all in landscape and people's place in it. 

Anton Sazonov

Film critic Anton Sazonov has written for a number of Russian publications including Afisha, GQ, Interview Russia, The Hollywood Reporter, Look at Me, Openspace and Snob. He is a curator of Movement: The National Film Festival of Debuts, a new festival in the Siberian city of Omsk. He lives in Moscow. 

Abby Schreiber

Chicago-born but Brooklyn-based writer Abby Schreiber is an Associate Editor at New York's Paper Magazine where she covers music, fashion, food and nightlife. Her writing has also appeared in New York Magazine and BlackBook.

Alexander Sedelnikov

Alexander Sedelnikov was born in 1986 in Kasly, Russia. He has a degree in photojournalism and is currently studying photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He has a self-published book See you Later, featuring photographs of the southern Urals in central Russia and St Petersburg. Sedelnikov is now working in a more experimental manner using photography and video to explore contemporary reality. 

Anna Sergeeva

Anna Sergeeva is a freelance photojournalist currently based in Moscow. She specialises in editorial, news and feature assignments and has worked in Russia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. She is represented by RIA Novosti, Zuma Press and Corbis, and has had work published in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Russian Reporter magazine, Lenta.ru and Ogonyok magazine.

Dimitry Shabalin

Dmitry Shabalin is junior fashion editor at Numéro Russia, an art and luxury magazine, and a student of performance art at the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow. Since turning to journalism at the age of 17, he has written for Grazia Italy, Metal Magazine and the Russian editions of Elle, Collezioni and GQ Style. 

Anastasia Shavlokhova

Anastasia Shavlokhova is a contemporary art curator from St Petersburg. She studied history of art in St Petersburg, where she also was one of the founders and artistic director of Open-Studio Nepokorennie. She was the founding-curator of the START project to support young Russian art at the Winzavod centre in Moscow. She has also worked as an independent curator, organising group and solo shows for Russian and European artists, such as The Space of Silence at Krasnoye Znamia in St Petersburg; video art festival Video Caprute; Fabio Viale Marble at Garage in Moscow. Anastasia holds a German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2012-13.

Ekaterina Shcherbakova

Ekaterina Shcherbakova was born in 1990 in Novorossiysk in southern Russia. She holds a Diploma in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Ekaterina has contributed to the realization of several contemporary art exhibitions, working in collaboration with Moscow galleries. She is currently extending her professional development as a curator by working independently in France and finalising her participation in the Curatorial Training Program at Ecole du Magasin in Grenoble. 

Max Sher

Born in St Petersburg, raised in Siberia and educated in Siberia and France, Max took up photography in 2006. His work, personal and commissioned, has since appeared, among others, in Courrier International, Monocle, Esquire (Russia), Le Monde, Bloomberg Businessweek, Ogonëk, Wallpaper, The Independent Magazine, Financial Times Weekend, Newsweek Japan, Afisha, Bolshoi Gorod, Russian Reporter, Snob, as well as in photography publications including Foto8, Private, Fraction Magazine, Flak Photo, Unless You Will, LPV, to name a few. He has exhibited in St Petersburg, Vienna, Moscow, Bratislava, etc. In 2008, Max was nominated for KLM Paul Huf Awards, and in 2013 he was a finalist in the Cord Prize. He currently lives and works in Moscow.

Fedor Shklyaruk

Fedor Shklyaruk lives and works in Moscow. He studied physics and worked in a research institute before turning to photography. He work mainly looks at sociological themes and photography as a medium. 

Nikita Shokhov

Moscow-based photographer Nikita Shokhov's work has been featured in Lenta.ru, Le Monde, Elle and Time Out among others. In 2014, he won 3rd prize at the World Press Photo Awards in the Staged Portraits category. He is a graduate of the photography programme at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia and has a degree in law. 

Olga Shvarova

Olga Shvarova is an associate consultant at Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. She has a particular interest in innovative design, disruptive technology and hardware high tech, which lead her to complete a doctorate degree in Material Science. Despite pursing a career on the borders between science and investment, Olga has always found time for creative arts, writing and translating poetry, and has worked as a freelance writer for the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom under the leadership of Professor Timothy Garton Ash.

Igor Simkin

St Peterburg-based photographer Igor Simkin studied public relations before moving into documentary and art photography in 2010. He has since worked for a variety of well-known magazines including Afisha, Nash Zenit, Russian Reporter, Neon and The Village. He is currently studying visual art theory. 

Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova is a St Petersburg-based freelance writer and photographer. A social anthropologist by training, she is currently the head of media at f42, a creative agency. Smirnova previously worked as online editor of lifestyle magazine Sobaka.ru and was part of the editorial team responsible for launching The Village, a hyperlocal media site covering St Petersburg. 

Noah Sneider

Noah Sneider is a California-born, Moscow-based writer and designer. He currently works for the New York Times and is pursuing personal projects connected to photography, art and design in Russia.

Vlad Strukov

Vlad Strukov is an Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Leeds. He has worked at different universities in Russia, the USA and the UK. His research is on film, animation, art, media, television, and digital culture. His publications include such books as Shocking Chic: Glamour and Celebrity in Contemporary Russian Culture and From Central to Digital: Television in Russia. He is the founding and principal editor of a journal entitled Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (Digital Icons).

Kolia Sulima

Born and raised in Belarus, at the age of 35, Kolia Sulima found himself in North California. As a life-changing experiment, he switched from finance to freelance journalism and now contributes to various publications in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. He's a poet, writer and photographer.

Sergej Sumlenny

Sergej Sumlenny is a Russian-born journalist, political scientist and writer. He worked in Moscow for leading German TV broadcaster ARD and was a chief editor of a news programme at Russian business broadcaster RBC-TV. He has researched political journalism in post-war Germany and held a German Federal Chancellor's Fellowship. Since 2005, he has been living in Frankfurt and Berlin, where he writes for leading Russian economics magazine Expert.

Phoebe Taplin

Phoebe Taplin is a freelance journalist and writer, specialising in culture and travel. She spent five years exploring Moscow and is the author of four seasonal guidebooks, Moscow Walks. Her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Moscow News, World Today and other magazines and newspapers.

Sofia Tatarinova

Sofia Tatarinova is a Moscow-based photographer whose work has been exhibited across the globe in Russia, Austria, the US and Germany. She is a graduate of Moscow Press University, and The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Moscow. She is also a member of the Russian Photographic Union. 

Gulliver Theis

Gulliver Theis is a freelance photographer based in Hamburg working across fashion, advertising and travel. He has collaborated with Vogue, Wallpaper, Coca-Cola, Motorola, Panasonic and many more. He has travelled regularly to Russia since 2005.

Danila Tkachenko

Danila Tkachenko is a visual artist working with documentary photography. His work explores themes of identity and the self. In 2014 he won first prize in the Staged Portraits category at the World press Photo awards. 

Anastasia Tsayder

Anastasia Tsyder graduated from the faculty of  photojournalism at the St Petersburg Journalists Union. She specialises in documentary photography and contributes to a number of Russian and international publications. You can see more of her work on her website

Daria Tuminas

Daria Tuminas is a freelance researcher, photographer and curator. Born in St Petersburg and based in Amsterdam, Tuminas currently works at the Johan Deumens Gallery, teaches at the FOTOfactory and writes for different media organisations. From 2012 to 2014, she co-organised the annual Dutch Photography Experience event, which included a series of educational events at FotoDepartment in St Petersburg as well as Undercover, a group exhibition on Dutch photobooks. The exhibition was awarded silver at the European Design Awards. In 2011, Tuminas graduated from an MA in film and photographic studies from Leiden University. She also has degrees from St Petersburg State University. 

Olesya Turkina

Curator and critic Dr Olesya Turkina co-created Russia’s first feminist exhibitions after 1989. She has worked on numerous exhibitions, including MIR: Made in the XX Century at the Russian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, 1999, and contributed to numerous publications such as ICE CREAM. 10 contemporary curators. 100 contemporary artists. 10 source artists (2007) and Gendered Art History in the Post-Soviet Space (2010). She is a Senior Research fellow at the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg and teaches at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University. 

Adam Ure

Adam Ure is a writer and researcher into Russian intellectual and cultural history. Originally from Manchester, UK, he has lived and worked in Russia and written widely on Russian religious thought, as well as contemporary Russian culture. One of his major areas of interest is the work of Vasilii Rozanov, and he is the author of Vasilii Rozanov and the Creation: The Edenic Vision and the Rejection of Eschatology.

Arnold van Bruggen

Arnold van Bruggen, born 1979 in the Netherlands, is a writer and filmmaker and founder of journalistic production agency Prospektor. He is currently collaborating with photographer Rob Hornstra in The Sochi Project, which over the course of five years time will become an atlas of this volatile region, from the multibillion dollar investments in the Olympic areas to the conflict ridden territories of the Northern Caucasus and Georgia.

Georgiy Vanunts

Georgiy Vanunts graduated as a political scientist from St Petersburg State University and now works as a freelance journalist, writing on cinema, culture and fashion for a number of local online media outlets. He has a great passion for classic horror movies and the history of porn.

Pavel Vardishvhili

Pavel Vardishvhili is currently Society Editor at the Russian edition of Interview Magazine. Before that, he worked in PR.  

Sergey Velsin

Sergey Velsin is a St Petersburg-based journalist, editor and freelance writer focusing on contemporary urban culture and art.

Giuliano Vivaldi

Giuliano Vivaldi was born in the UK but has spent most of his adult life living in Spain, Italy and for much of the past decade, Russia. He has studied in Trieste, Salamanca, Moscow and Brighton. A translator by training, he has written on Russian and Soviet film for Bright Lights Film and Film Philosophy and is a member of the Russian Cinema Research Group. He has worked as a film subtitler, a translator of film scripts and keeps a number of blogs devoted to Russian and Soviet film as well on others on more general cultural and political issues. He is currently completing a translation of the Argentinian-born Italian language writer Juan Rodolfo Wilcock’s Stereoscope of Solitary Beings, and embarking on a study of the iconography of Lenin as well as a book-length project on neglected Soviet film-makers.

Eduard Voronov

Eduard Voronov is based in the southern city of Krasnodar and has a background in graffiti and street photography. As well as being interested in collecting and producing underground house music, Voronov is also the co-founder of a local city bike rental business. Voronov helps to coordinate mixtapes for The Calvert Journal. 

Svetlana Vorontsova-Velyaminova

Moscow-born art history graduate Svetlana Vorontsova-Velyaminova started out at Harper's Bazaar before moving to Russian Vogue as online editor. Her articles have been published in GQ Style, Afisha magazine and Interview Russia.

Matthew Webb

Documentary art photographer Matthew Webb was born in Middlesbrough, an industrial town in the North East of England, in 1980. Webb’s work from Russia and former Soviet republics has appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, Foto&Video and the Moscow Times as well as in 15 solo shows. You can view his website here

Joshua Yaffa

Joshua Yaffa is originally from San Diego, California, and is now a journalist based in Moscow, where he has written for the Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The New Republic, among others.

Elijah Yakovenko

Elijah Yakovenko is an activist, artist, emigrant, philosopher and queer. He is one of the co-founders of the Moscow Experimental School for Gender Studies. Born 1989, Mariupol, Ukraine, Yakovenko has an MA in Foreign Economic Activity from EU Donetsk. He later finished the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow and currently lives and works in Moscow. 

Ksenia Yurkova

Ksenia Yurkova has been working as a freelance photographer sinncd 2008. From 2011 to 2013 she worked as an exhibition director at St Petersburg's Tkachi Creative Space. She is a graduate of the faculty of journalist at St Petersburg State University.

Asya Zakharyeva

Asya Zakharyeva was born and lives in St Petersburg. After studying Applied Mathematics at St Petersburg State University, she worked as a business analyst. She then decided to convert her hobby into a profession and started a Masters in Music Criticism at Smolny College, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science at St Petersburg State University. While completing her degree, she has worked as a contributing author and editor for Compozitor Publishing House, the Bolshoi Theatre and other major cultural institutions.

Olga Zavarzina

Olga Zavarzina lives in New York where she studies "the anthropology of everyday life" and takes pictures of botanical gardens. 

Olga Zeveleva

Olga Zeveleva is a Moscow-based sociologist and political analyst. She graduated with a degree in history from the University of Virginia in 2010 and received a Master's degree in international relations from the Free University of Berlin in 2012. She is currently working on her PhD in sociology and conducting research on migration. She splits her time between Russia, the USA and Germany.

Alexis Zimberg

Alexis Zimberg is the director of Post-Soviet Graffiti, a culture and research hub that investigates, amplifies, and advocates for free expression in censored or authoritarian states. She studied at Georgetown University’s Centre for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and at McGill University in the fields of Political Science and Russian and Slavic Studies. Zimberg’s fieldwork photographs and research have been featured in journals, at academic conferences, and at galleries worldwide. In addition to her 2012 book titled The Spray Can Is Mightier Than The Sword: Street Art as a Medium for Political Discourse in the Post-Soviet Region, she has also written for Foreign Policy magazine, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and Curbed.