A guide to the New East


Amy Bryzgel

Amy Bryzgel is a lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. She has published widely on performance art in Eastern Europe, including her monograph Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland since 1980, and her website: www.performingtheeast.com 

Susannah Worth

Susannah Worth is a writer and editor. Her recent publication Digesting Recipes: The Art of Culinary Notation scrutinises the form of the recipe, considering the recipe as both an instruction for action and a statement of potential, aspiration and imagining. As a writer and editor Susannah has worked with Almanac Projects, archipelago projects, Bergen Assembly, C MagazineFEAST Journal, Ridinghouse, The Saatchi Gallery Magazine, Taste Journal, and the Whitechapel Gallery amongst others. In conjunction with her written practice Susannah developed the project Do Things with Salad, a communal cooking workshop at Open School East (London) in 2015, and the installation How to Do Things with Salad at the Jerwood Project Space (London) in 2016.

Lola Paprocka

Lola Paprocka is a London based photographer, curator, publisher and art director. Originally from Poland she moved to London 13 years ago. She mainly works with medium format and occasionally 35mm. Lola’s inspirations come mainly from brutalist architecture, nature and portraiture. These themes present themselves a multiple times through out her body of work. 

She is a founder of Palm Studios, platform that promotes photographers, produce exhibitions and has its own publishing house called Palm*. Lola has exhibited globally in various group shows and photography festivals as well as curated Independent Photography Festival in London and many book launches and solo exhibitions.



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. 

​Dina Akhmadeeva

Dina Akhmadeeva is an independent writer, curator and researcher based in London. She studied History of Art at Oxford University at BA and Masters level, exploring art from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, with a special focus on the history and theory of photography. Dina has experience working with Modern Art Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum and the V&A. She translates between English and Russian, and is currently learning Turkish, Georgian and Arabic. Follow her on Twitter here

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.

Andrei Arkhangelsky

Russian journalist, columnist, culture expert, Andrei Arkhangelsky currently works as culture editor at the Ogonyok magazine (part of the Kommersant publishing house). He's written numerous academic and journalistic works about the Russian media.

Max Avdeev

Max Avdeev 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.

Emil Babayan

After ten years of changing faculties, starting with geodesy and bioengineering, Emil Babayan decided to pursue journalism, which he says has opened opportunities for self-realisation, more so than a single specialisation. As a freelancer, Babayan contributes to a number of Russian and Armenian media. His free time is devoted to reading scientific literature.

Dennis Baburov

Dennis Baburov (born 1984) is a freelance photographer based in Ivanovo, Russia. He has a degree in marketing from Ivanovo State Power University. Photography is a hobby, second source of income and a passion. Started to take pictures in 2007. Mainly interested in documentary photography. Regularly contributes to local magazines and newspapers. He is usually self-assigned to personal projects.

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.

Kriti Bajaj

Kriti is a writer and editor based in New Delhi. She has lived in India and London, and travelled in Europe and Southeast Asia. Her academic background is in literature and anthropology, and she has experience in writing, editing and online publishing primarily related to arts and culture. She is also interested in photography and visual media as methods of storytelling and research. Kriti was previously the Managing Editor of Art Radar, an online publication focussing on contemporary visual culture from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has also worked with the UNESCO Parzor Foundation which focuses on India's Zoroastrian diaspora. She likes wandering around unfamiliar towns with her camera.


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.

Kamila Banks

Kamila Banks is a photography student at London College of Communication. Moscow born, but spent most of her years in the UK, she communicates through her images. Her photographic style rangers from intimate portraits of her friends to exploration of modernist architecture. Main interests include Bauhaus, literature and film. 

Nadia Beard

Nadia is a journalist based in London. Previously she lived and worked in Russia where she was the Moscow correspondent for The Independent. Before moving to Moscow, Nadia lived in London where she was the news editor for The Calvert Journal. She holds two degrees in Russian and political science from London universities and has been an Alfa Fellow. Follow her on Twitter here.

Nadia Bedzhanova

Nadia Bedzhanova is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer originally from Moscow, Russia. Graduated in journalism from Moscow State University and in film from School of Visual Arts, Bedzhanova creates her work within the context and under the influence of both cultures. Her films and photography were featured in the publications such as Dazed & Confused, PAPER, MovieMaker, Vogue US, Bullett, Allure and Interview Russia. 

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.

Deepa Bhasthi

Deepa Bhasthi is a writer living and working in Bengaluru, India. Her works are available here. She is also part of Forager Collective and edits The Forager magazine, an international online quarterly journal of food politics.

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.

Ivana Bobic

Ivana Bobic is a London-based film director and writer. She has created an array of film projects from music videos and branded content to narrative shorts. With a background in graphic design, her films blend striking imagery with perceptive, intriguing narratives. ivanabobic.com

Alexey Bogolepov

Alexey Bogolepov is a freelance photographer based in St Petersburg. 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 Professor 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.

Masha Borodacheva

Maria Borodacheva was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She started her career as a violin player in 1997 in Mordovia, Russia. Having completed a degree in international relations at Moscow State University she worked for a soft power foundation in Russia, Georgia and Armenia. She has contributed to several cultural and charity events in Moscow and is currently based between Moscow and St Petersburg where she works as a Partner Manager for Calvert 22 Foundation.

Andrey Borzenko

Andrey Borzenko was born in and lives in Moscow, where he studied Soviet literature and history at the Russian State University for the Humanities. He has worked as a writer and editor for the magazines Snob and Vokrug Sveta, as well as a number of other media. He is now an editor and sometime correspondent for the weekly cultural publication Kommersant Weekend.

Denis Boyarinov

Music journalist, curator, lecturer, DJ and record collector. Boyarinov has worked for magazines such as The New Times, OM and Time Out Moscow. For the last seven years he been a part ofOpenSpace.ru, which three years ago turned into Colta.ru — a popular cultural online magazine. He is also the founder and curator of The Dark Horses, a project aimed at supporting young Russian musicians.

Mark Boyarsky

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

Rosie Boys

Rosie Boys is a freelance journalist based in Berlin. Having graduated in Contemporary Art in 2010, she swapped animation and Leeds for teaching English and relocated to Moscow and Saint Petersburg from 2011-2013. Nowadays, when she isn’t working for the Bundestag, she freelances for various online publications on CIS culture, film and social communication.

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.

Alexander Burenkov

Alexander Burenkov is a сontemporary art curator. After studying Ancient Greek and general linguistics at St Petersburg State University and new artistic strategies at the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow and having experience at art directing, trend analytic and journalism he worked as independent curator at a number of institutions including Polytechnic Museum and Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design. He currently works as curator at the V-A-C Foundation and has a special interest in young art, intersections between art, media, technologies and global visual culture. 

Jonathan Campion

Jonathan is a published travel writer, with a fixation for Russia’s remote regions and the former Soviet republics. He studied Russian in Exeter, Yaroslavl and Tver, and worked as a translator in Kiev and London for seven years. His work as a wine & spirits analyst now takes him to nine countries in the CIS and New East. His website ‘Eurasian Echoes’ is at 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. 

Dal Chodha

London-based fashion writer Dal Chodha is editor of non-seasonal publication Archivist. He contributes to various international titles including ModernMatter, Wallpaper* and VOGUE India. In September 2008 he co-founded bi-annual lifestyle publication b Magazine, editing the title until its sixth and final issue in November 2012. A consultant to several luxury brands, clients include Burberry, MARTIOTESTINO+, Kenzo, Paul Smith and Sunspel. Chodha is also Senior Lecturer at UCA Epsom and Central Saint Martins. 

Marco Citron

Marco Citron is an Italian photographer whose research primarily focusses on landscape and architecture. A bibliophile and collector, has just released his first book URBANISM 1.01, a journey through the landscape of the Soviet Union.

Alexander Clapp

Alexander Clapp is a journalist based in Chişinău. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Kathimerini, and the TLS.

Tom Clark

Tom Clark recently graduated from the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, where he investigated phenomena ranging from the design of memory on the Lower Volga to the Russian trajectory of biotechnology. Before that he and a friend set up and ran a company hosting panel discussions in London. He read Russian and Philosophy at university and currently lives between Moscow and London. 

Sophie Cohen

Sophie Cohen studies at the Sorbonne and teaches contemporary African art history in Paris. Her research interests include art and power under socialist governments in Africa, focusing on Burkina Faso, Benin and Tanzania.

Pamela Cohn

Pamela Cohn is an American filmmaker, curator, freelance arts journalist, and story consultant based in Berlin, Germany. She programs for DokuFest — International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo and runs her own experimental screening series in Berlin called Kino Satellite. She is directing her first feature film in the countries of Albania and Kosovo.

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.

Valeria Costa-Kostritsky

Valeria Costa-Kostritsky is a French journalist based in London. She contributes to The Guardian, The London Review of Books and French GQ. She tweets @valeria_wants. 

Travis Crawford

Travis Crawford has been a contributing writer on cinema for such publications as Keyframe/Fandor, Film Comment, Filmmaker, and MovieMaker. He has also served as film acquisitions consultant for the U.S. distributor Artsploitation Films, and as a film programmer in the Philadelphia area for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the Associate Program Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Samuel Crews

Samuel Crews was the online editor of The Calvert Journal for over two years, from its founding in 2013 until 2015. He also managed marketing activities for the Calvert 22 Foundation. A graduate in Russian Studies from UCL SSEES, he writes on contemporary Russian culture and society, in particular film. Sam currently works as a content specialist at Expedia in Rome.

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 senior lecturer in Design Studies at HDK — the Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. He recently completed his PhD on Soviet Critical Design at the University of Sheffield. He holds an MA in History of Design from the Royal College of Art, where he has also taught in the School of Critical and Historical Studies. Tom has published work in the Journal of Design History, Home Cultures, Estonian Art and The Calvert Journal and is currently working on a monograph about Soviet design.

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.

Carol Devine

Carol Devine is a writer, research and humanitarian. After Antarctica she worked for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders in conflict zones and on the organisation's Access to Essential Medicines Campaign as well as with The Diplomacy Training Program, Australia and Museum of AIDS in Africa. With Wendy Trusler she co-wrote The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning, a cultural history and food book based on their time with the volunteers and the Russians (HarperCollins 2015). 42 recipes Include Cook's Bread (Volodya) and Maxim's Moonshine.

Valentin Diaconov

Valentin Diaconov is a Moscow-based critic and curator. He writes on art for Kommersant newspaper. His latest curatorial project was Detective at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in the summer of 2014.

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.

Alexei Dmitriev

Alexei Dmitriev was born in St Petersburg (Leningrad). He left for India in 1981 to be an exchange student at Osmania University, Hyderabad. The trip east turned out to be a life-long journey: he jumped the Soviet ship and went to Mt Athos, Greece, later settling in the US. With an MBA from Georgetown University in hand he worked for multinational corporations everywhere from Poland to Bangladesh. A few years ago he reconnected with his humanities side and launched a career in bilingual journalism.

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.  

Anton Dolin

A native Muscovite and a philologist by training, Anton Dolin has been a journalist since 1997 and a professional film critic since 2000. He writes for the lifestyle magazine Afisha and hosts film-review segments on several Russian radio stations and Channel One television. Dolin’s work, which has been published and broadcast by well over a dozen media outlets, has repeatedly won awards from Russia’s Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics. Born in 1976, he is the author of four books, including ones about the directors Alexei German and Takeshi Kitano. 

Natalia Domagala

Natalia is a freelance writer based in London. She was raised in eastern Poland and has a degree in Anthropology and Media from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her interests include migration, post-socialism, urban anthropology, and collective memory.

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.

William Dunbar

William Dunbar is a London-born journalist and researcher who has lived in Georgia for most of the last ten years. Now a dual British and Georgian national, his interests include the history and culture of the Caucasus, 20th century architecture and Georgian politics"

Nathan Dunne

Nathan Dunne is the author of Lichtenstein and the editor of the essay collection Tarkovsky. He has written for The AtlanticTimes Literary SupplementAeon and Artforum.

Daniil Dymshits

Daniil Dymshits is a Moscow-based journalist and tech enthusiast, working with Russian technology startups and international IT brands. He’s been contributing to The Village and Russian Newsweek

Anna Egorova

Anna is digital producer specialising in leading outsourced full-stack production teams. She is currently a masters student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. 

Website: www.anna.ae
Email: [email protected]

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. 

Ian Evtushenko

Born under the Northern Lights, Ian moved in Moscow where he dived in the world of urban journalism. Since then he has been a deputy editor of the Hooligan magazine and has written for many newspapers and magazines about food and culture.

Thomas Feary

Thomas Feary is a MA graduate in Architecture from the Royal College of Art, London and currently works in practice designing housing and also as a freelance writer. He is interested in the political elements of architecture and planning and the changing role of the architect in contemporary society. He tweets @thomasfeary and edits the blog Speculation Game.

Anastasiia Fedorova

Anastasiia Fedorova is a freelance writer and curator based in London. She is a regular contributor to Dazed, i-D, 032c, Vice, Amuse, Broadly, The Guardian and SHOWstudio. You can follow her on Twitter here and find more of her writing 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 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.

Molly Flynn

Molly Flynn is currently completing her PhD in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research contextualises the rapid growth of 21st century Russian documentary theatre within the sociopolitical setting of Russia’s Putin years (2000-). In addition to her academic work, Molly has also worked as a performer and creator of documentary theatre both in Russia and internationally.

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.

Patrick Gamble

Patrick Gamble is a freelance writer based in London. Specialising in film and culture, he has contributed to Indiewire, The Skinny, and CineVue. In 2013 Patrick was nominated for a Richard Attenborough Award for Film Blogger of the Year.

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. 

Rosie Gibson

As a freelance textile designer, Rosie specialises in traditional embroidery techniques for fashion and historical costume. Based in London, she works with international designers as well as private clients.  

Miriam Gillinson

Miriam Gillinson reviews theatre for Time Out and Exeunt, and writes about children's theatre for The Guardian. She is a script reader for Sonia Friedman Productions and United Agents and reads for the Bruntwood Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She also works as a Quality Assessor for The Arts Council and is a copywriter for BBC Worldwide.

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

Stephen Glennon

Even though he is very interested in investigating and identity, Stephen Glennon finds it very hard to refer to himself in the third person. He likes to travel through Eastern Europe from his Berlin base and yearn for the Irish countryside that begat him, quietly watching amateur football and the people who watch amateur football and refusing to accept that it doesn't hide the answer to all of life's questions.

Samuel Goff

Samuel Goff is Features Editor at The Calvert Journal and a researcher and supervisor in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He spends most of his time thinking about cinema, Stalin, and football. His freelance work can be found 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.

Cat Goodfellow

Cat Goodfellow is a PhD student at the University of Manchester, living in Canada and studying Russian online gaming culture. She has written about gaming and politics, folkloric themes in Russian video games and xenophobia in EVE Online. Other research interests include Russian youth culture, online satire and pop culture.

Aleksandr Gorbachev

For many years Aleksandr Gorbachev has been one of the most notable music journalists in Russia, working for Afisha magazine as a staff writer, editor and editor-in-chief, launching a music webzine Volna and helping a new generation of local independent bands to emerge and establish themselves. In 2014, he left his position in Afisha to pursue a graduate degree in journalism in the U.S., at the Missouri School of Journalism; however, even though his focus as a reporter now tends to be much broader, he still has his old habit of following everything that happens with music in Russia and trying make some sense out of it.

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.

Agnieszka Gratza

Agnieszka Gratza is a writer living in London. Her writings about art, performance and film have appeared in various contemporary art magazines and newspapers, including artforum.com, frieze, Mousse, and The Financial Times. A lapsed academic, she has also published articles on the subject of Renaissance intellectual and cultural history, while researching and teaching at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Queen Mary, London.

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.

Will Gresson

Originally from New Zealand, Will Gresson is a writer, musician and artist currently based in London, UK. 

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.

Pavel Groznyy

After graduating from the Moscow State University, Pavel Groznyy dived into the world of journalism and has since been working on various projects at Afisha publishing house. He now edits Afisha Vozdukh, an online cultural magazine.

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.

Sergey Gulenkin

Sergey Gulenkin is an independent writer and curator based in St Petersburg. He studied Russian Literature and Language Editing at Herzen State University of Russia and Art Criticism and Curatorial Studies at MA level at Saint Petersburg State University (Smolny College). His current research focuses on contemporary critical theory and performance art.

Evgeny Gusyatinskiy

Evgeny Gusyatinskiy is a programmer of International Film Festival Rotterdam and a frequent writer on films and culture. He did his MA in film studies in Moscow at VGIK and for several years worked as an editor as well as contributor of Iskusstvo Kino (Film Art Monthly), one of the oldest film magazines in Europe. He is also a member of the selection committee of Kinotavr Film Festival (Sochi).

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.

Anna Harsanyi

Originally from Timișoara, Romania, Anna Harsanyi is a curator, educator and arts manager based in New York City.

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 deputy editor of The Calvert Journal. He was previously a journalist at The Telegraph and is a founding editor of The Junket. He has led feature writing workshops for young journalists in Russia and Georgia. Arthur writes about art and culture for titles including 1843 and Apollo. You can read some of his recent work here.

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.

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.

Tomer Ifrah

Born in Israel in 1981, Tomer Ifrah began photographing documentary stories in 2007 after his first trip to Ethiopia. Since then he has become committed to documentary photography, taking on long-term projects that address social issues tell everyday stories. Ifrah, who has won several awards for his work in Israel, is currently based in Rio de Janeiro although he frequently travels for assignments and independent documentary projects.

Andrey Ivanov

Andrey Ivanov is a Moscow-based freelance photographer. He began his career in advertising photography. Currently, his gaze is focussed on the border between documentary and art photography.

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. 

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.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is a South African illustrator who spends his time travelling between South Africa, Taiwan and the US. After graduating from the NMM University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in graphic design, he now creates playful, intimate illustrations, which take their inspiration from his everyday experiences. Other than drawing, Jonathan enjoys skateboarding in big cities and eating good food. You can follow him on Instagram here.

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.

Ken Kajoranta

Ken Kajoranta is a Swedish photographer based in London also working with personal memorabilia and archiving projects. His photography focuses on themes related to movement, memory, (un)inhabited spaces and the activities that take place in them. He works on self-initiated projects and individual and social/cultural research assignments.

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 and cultural journalist. He has a BA in Russian language and literature from St Petersburg State University. He is currently an editor at Seance magazine and has contributed to various Russian film and lifestyle publications as a freelancer.

Katia Kash

Katia Kash is a poet and a freelance writer based in London. She writes feature pieces on art and culture for various publications and is also Visual Arts Associate Editor for FORTH magazine, Los Angeles. Katia’s poetry and more information about her work can be found here.

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.

Dennis Keen

Dennis Keen is a writer from California based in Kazakhstan. He writes about his adopted Almaty and Central Asia at WalkingAlmaty.com

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.

Katrina Kepule

Katrina Kepule is a photographer based in Latvia. Her chosen field is documentary photography through which she can communicate narratives often understandable on an intuitive level. She has completed several photography courses such as Professional Photography Course, Vocational School N38, Riga (2000), B.A. Audio and Visual Culture and Theory, Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga (2008), and International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) Ludza (2009). 

Ruslan Khestanov

Ruslan Khestanov is a specialist in political philosophy and a professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Since 2013, Khestanov has been the director of the Moscow Institute of socio-cultural programmes. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Alexander Herzen: Improvisation Against Doctrine (2000).  

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte is an artist and a photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently studying MLitt Fine Art Practice in Photography and Moving Image at the Glasgow School of Art and working as a freelance photographer and film maker.

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.

Ilya Klishin

lya Klishin is the online editor-in-chief for TV Rain, Russia's only independent television station. He has contributed work to Russia's most prominent free press, including Vedomosti, Snob, Slon, OpenSpace, and others. Klishin was also one of the leading organizers of the 2011-2012 winter protests in Moscow against election fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary elections.

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.

Katrina Kollegaeva

Katrina, or Katya, was born in Tallinn, to a Russian dad from Crimea and Ukrainian mother, but came of age in London where she moved ‘on a whim’ at the age of 19. Katya is a freelance food writer (including a several years as a Time Out restaurant critic) and a graduate in the Social Anthropology of Food from the University of London. She works for the Soil Association as a food sourcing expert and in her ‘spare’ time, creates pop-up dining experiences Russian Revels with her fellow Slavic foodie Karina Baldry.

Paulina Korobkiewicz

Paulina Korobkiewicz is a London-based, Polish-born photographer who recently graduated from Camberwell College of Arts. Returning to her home town in eastern Poland after living and studying in London for three years, Korobkiewicz was struck by the contrasts that existed within these small towns, and began documenting what she saw. Focussing on architecture, she assembled a strange assortment of images – shabby suburban nightclubs, pastel-coloured apartment blocks, and all manner of kitsch aesthetic details.

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

Joanna Kozak

Joanna Kozak is a London-based graphic designer and freelance writer. Her writing focuses on the complexity of contemporary Eastern European culture and politics. In her design practice she works across a wide range of media; from photography, film and animation through digital to traditional drawing and printmaking, with a focus on illustration, editorial design and projects improving lives of local communities.


Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov is a Moscow-based author, journalist and filmmaker.

Boris Kralj

Boris Kralj was born and brought up in a Yugoslav family in Germany and considers his personal background one of his strongest creative resources. His project My Belgrade was developed over 10 years and was accompanied by several exhibitions. His art is defined by a profound look into his family roots and his clean and contemporary approach to capturing the feel of a world that no longer exists — Yugoslavia.

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.

Tasya Kudryk

Tasya Kudryk is a Ukrainian photographer and editor working between Warsaw, Berlin and Kiev. Tasya's work has been featured in a number of international media including Indie, REVS, Pitch-Present, Thisispaper, U+mag to name a few. Since August 2014 Tasya has been editor of Thisispaper magazine. Her practical skills in photography and art combined with experience in writing and online publishing, let her undertake a wide range of projects related to art, design and culture. 


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.

Christopher Leigh

Christopher Leigh lives in London, where he works as a photographer and as a researcher for a Member of Parliament. He graduated with an MA in Russian Studies from University College London in 2013. He has travelled and photographed in over thirty countries, but has spent the most time in Russia and Ukraine, where he hopes to work on photographic projects relating to contemporary political and social issues in the future.

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.

Ville Lenkkeri

Ville Lenkkeri (born in Oulu, Finland in 1972) studied film theory and practice at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague from 1994-96. From 1998-2001 he got his BA in Photography at FAMU before returning to Finland to complete an MA in Photography in 2002-06 at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH). In 2005 Lenkkeri moved to live and work in Stockholm, Sweden. Ville Lenkkeri has published three monographs, Reality in the Making, 2006 (Hatje Cantz), The Place of no Roads, 2009 (Hatje Cantz) and Existence Doubtful, 2014 (Kerber Verlag).

Alexis Lerner

Alexis Lerner is the director of Post-Soviet Graffiti, a research project that focuses on soft protest in hybrid and authoritarian states. She is also a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a research delegate with Stanford University's US-Russia Forum. In addition to academic publications, she has written for Foreign Policy, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and, in 2015, authored a chapter in the book Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place (edited by Claire Doherty).

Siarhej Leskiec

Siarhej Leskiec was born in 1984. He is a freelance photographer whose work focuses on everyday life, folk traditions, and rituals in the Belarusian countryside. Originally from Maladzeczna region, he received a history degree from Belarusian State Pedagogical University. See more Leskiec's work here

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. 

Ksenia Litvinenko

Ksenia Litvinenko is an architectural historian based in St Petersburg. Along with doing the research on post-war reconstruction of Vyborg, she also participated on the organisation of public events on architecture and urban planning as a member of the editorial team of the Project Baltia review. Her main interests lie at the intersection of the history of Soviet architecture and study of the political meaning of the urban form.

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.

Dmitry Lookianov

Dmitry Lookianov was born in Krasnodar, Russia, in 1983. He has lived in Moscow since 2000 where he works as a freelance photographer. He is also currently studying documentary photography at Rodchenko Art School. 

Thomas Lovegrove

Thomas Lovegrove is a journalist, editor and translator whose keenest interest lies in the intersection between culture and conflict — above all the Cold War. He has written for publications ranging from Jane's Defence Weekly to Sleek and the Mail on Sunday. Previously based in Berlin, he is a regular contributor to War is Boring at medium.com. He Tweets personally as @Militaerkultur and professionally as @CombatAir.

Alec Luhn

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

Dina Lun

Dina Lun is a freelance photographer and journalist from Russia, living and working in Europe and Asia most of the year. With a background in fashion, art and illustration, Dina decided to pursue photography, journalism and the study of sustainable practices as the most convenient way to work during her regular trips. You can see her photography here.

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.

James Luxford

James Luxford is a London-based film critic for Radio Times, City AM and the BBC. He also also written about film for The Guardian, Empire Magazine, Little White Lies and The Red Bulletin. He can be found on twitter @JLFilm.

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.

Lily Lynch

Lily Lynch is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Balkanist magazine. She was educated at UC Berkeley and the London School of Economics. Originally from California, she now divides her time between Belgrade, Serbia and Odessa, Ukraine. 

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.

Kirill Maevsky

Kirill Maevsky is a journalist, a publisher and owner of Smena bookshop. He lives between Moscow and Kazan and works as the head of independent publishing company Il-music and is art director of contemporary cultural center Smena in Kazan. 

Nika Makhlina

Nika Makhlina is a Moscow-based journalist and food critic. She studied journalism in Moscow State University and finished Ragout culinary school. She is also a member of art-group Makhlina-Bolshakov.

Daniil Maksyukov

Daniil Maksyukov is a freelance photographer based in Nizhny Novgorod. He is interested in documentary and street photography, and observing the everyday lives of people. He is currently studying philology at the Higher School of Economics, but he hopes to continue his education in either photography or cinema.

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.

Colm McAuliffe

Colm McAuliffe is a London-based critic and film curator. He worked for many years as a senior film and music programmer for Cork Film Festival and currently writes for The Guardian, Sight and Sound, New Statesman, British Journal of Photography and innumerable film festivals around Europe.

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.

John McIntyre

John McIntyre's work has appeared in Brick: A Literary Journal, The American Scholar, and The Poetry Foundation, among other publications. He lives in the United States. 

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.

Valentina Michelotti

Valentina Michelotti is an American freelance writer interested in identity politics, nation-building, and contemporary music — and their intersection. From Chicago originally, she has lived in southern California, Russia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, writing about club music and the youth of the post-Soviet space. 

Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz

Maksymilian Fus Mickiewicz is the editor of T-R-E-M-O-R-S, as well as a freelance writer contributing to publications such as Wallpaper* and Nowness. His interests include architecture, art, design, and photography. 

Yana Mikhalina

Yana Mikhalina is an independent editor and curator from Kazan, based in St Petersburg. Her interest lies in photography, children's literature and critical theory.

Ivan Mikhaylov

Born and raised in Novocheboksarsk, Ivan Mikhaylov investigates anthropological, architectural and cultural landscapes of his native Chuvashia. Spending his time between Moscow and Cheboksary, Mikhaylov has produced a series of photography stories which have been exhibited in Russia, France, Italy, Germany and USA. 

Andrew Miksys

Andrew Miksys is from Seattle.  For the last 15 years he’s been living in Vilnius, Lithuania.  His photography has been shown internationally including exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, and De Apple Contemporary Art Centre in Amsterdam.  He has been the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation.  His work has appeared in many publications and online including The New Yorker, Harper’s, HOTSHOE, BuzzFeed, and VICE.  His most recent book, DISKO, was published in 2013.  A second edition of DISKO will be published in March 2015 by ARÖK books. 

Sabina Minalto

Sabina is an art critic, journalist and independent curator. Born in Minsk, she currently lives and works in St Petersburg. Sabina is one of the founders and curators of Festival 101: Poetics of Digital Technologies. Her areas of interest are digital and sound art.  

Vsevolod Mititello

Vsevolod Mititello graduated from the St Petersburg State Conservatoire as a French horn player, then from the Smolny Faculty of St Petersburg State University as a music critic. As well as his orchestra work, he writes, mostly about music, but sometimes about bikes.

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.

Elise Morton

Elise is the news editor of The Calvert Journal. In 2014 she graduated from Cambridge with a languages degree. She is passionate about Eurovision, film, mental health and tea (+obligatory cake).

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.

Monika Mróz

Monika Mróz was born in Wrocław, Poland, where she studied journalism and communication design. She has worked as a freelance editor for online publications such as Thisispaper and The Ones We Love and is mainly interested photography and the visual arts. 

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. 

Georgiana Murariu

Georgiana Murariu is an anthropology graduate with experience in market research and social media for the healthcare industry, currently working as a strategist for a London-based consultancy. She is originally from Romania and has a particular interest in the sociology and anthropology of post-communist states and their reinvention of “national identities”, as well as psychogeography (especially that of urban spaces) and foreign languages. She has previously written for Europe & Me magazine.

Michał Murawski

Michał Murawski is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London. He completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge in 2014. With a focus on Warsaw and Moscow, his work examines how communist spectres – aesthetic as well as political ones – continue to haunt the everyday lives of East European cities. He is currently completing his book, Palace Complex: Stalinist Architectural Afterlives in Post-Socialist Warsaw, soon to appear with Indiana University press.

Lesya Myata

Lesya Myata is an events manager at Calvert 22 Foundation. She is in charge of parallel events programme and does some occasional contributions for The Calvert Journal.

Freya Najade

Freya Najade (b. 1977 in Germany) is a photographer living and working in London. In 2009 she received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at FORMAT 13, the Renaissance Photography Prize, the Foto8 Summer Show, the FotoGrafia Festival Rome and the IPA Awards, among others. Publications of her work include The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Businessweek, Photoworld China and The Huffington Post.

Gleb Napreenko

Born in 1989 in Moscow. Art critic, art historian based in Moscow. Editor-in-chief of Interntet-based magazine Raznoglasia. Graduated from the Moscow State University in Art History in 2015. As an author and an editor contributes to a number of russian media such as Colta.ru, Openspace.ru, Moscow Art Magazine, Iskusstvo, Dialog isskustv, Iskusstvo kino, Artchronika, Openleft.ru, Translit etc. Teaches a course on the methodology of art history at Basa Institute, Moscow.

Anna Narinskaya

Anna Narinskaya is a special correspondent and culture critic for one of Russia's most influential daily newspapers, Kommersant, where she has worked for over 10 years and is now the creative editor of its weekly culture publication, Kommersant Weekend. She serves as an expert for a number of literary awards, including Russia’s national Big Book Prize, and speaks on culture at educational institutions and public events. Her earlier journalistic career has spanned radio, television and print, including years of work at the BBC and Russian magazines Expert and Yezhenedelny Zhurnal.

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. 

Anya Nevinchana

Anya Nevinchana is a Kiev-based journalist and blogger. She studied philosophy at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and is interested in Asian culture. Follow her Tumblr blog Forfranzkafaka here

Nestan Nijaradze

Nestan Nijaradze co-founded Tbilisi Photography House in 2007, an institution that aims to promote photography in Georgia, and currently serves as its director. She took up the position of editor in chief of Photo Magazine in 2007 until 2009, at which point she became the local production manager at the Georgian Spring project by Magnum Photo Agency.

In 2010, she co-founded Tbilisi Photo Festival, an annual international photography festival, and currently serves as its co-artistic director. Additionally, she has been a curator of numerous photo exhibitions and photo projects in Georgia and abroad.

Ksenia Nouril

Ksenia Nouril is a New York-based curator and scholar of modern and contemporary central and eastern European art. She is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she holds a Dodge Fellowship. Sine 2011, she has worked as a Curatorial Assistant in the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ. Her dissertation examines the work of contemporary eastern European artists who actively question and engage with history and historical representations of socialism since 1989. She has previously worked for The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New Museum, and several commercial galleries. 

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 was the 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.

Gianluca Pardelli

I was born and raised in a sunny seaside town in Tuscany. After eternal years gone by in the sweet languor of seemingly endless summers I moved north to study Slavic Languages in Berlin and Photojournalism in London. I spent the best time of my university years travelling and photographing around four continents and more than seventy countries. During my journeys I fell hopelessly in love with the complex geopolitical and cultural heritage of a vanished land that used to be called Soviet Union. After many a trip to almost every corner of the former USSR, I eventually settled down in the Caucasus, where I divide my time between photography, linguistics and cheesy pies. 

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. 

Michael Pattison

Michael Pattison is a writer and film critic from Gateshead. His publications include Sight & Sound, VICE, Slovenian film journals Ekran and KINO!, and Estonian culture magazine Sirp. He has also tutored criticism workshops for young writers at film festivals in Warsaw, Prizren, Tallinn and Białystok.

Yoana Pavlova

Yoana Pavlova is a Bulgarian writer, researcher, and programmer currently based in Paris. Her field of work includes cinema, new media, contemporary visual arts, digital culture, and she covers these topics for various printed and online publications in Bulgarian, English, and French. She is also founder and editor of Festivalists.com — a playform for independent film criticism that has been challenging the common notion of cinema and live events since 2012.

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.

Jonathan Brooks Platt

Jonathan Brooks Platt is an assistant professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.  His work includes studies of romantic poetry, Stalinist culture, and Russian contemporary art. In September 2014 he organised the conference "No Radical Art Actions Are Going to Help Here...: Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics After Socialism" as part of the Manifesta 10 Public Program in St Petersburg.

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 is a member of the Union of Photographers of Russia since 2010, and lives and works in Ekaterinburg. His works have been exhibited in Russia, Lithuania, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, Romania, UK, Bulgaria, Italy, Guatemala, China, Slovakia, Austria and Netherlands. You can see more of his work here

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. 

Liza Premiyak

Liza Premiyak is Associate Editor at The Calvert Journal. In 2014, she graduated from the Critical Writing in Art and Design MA at the Royal College of Art where, in addition to art and architecture, she wrote extensively about Moscow's Gorky Park and its pavilions. Her freelance writing can be read here.

Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric is a journalist reporting (mostly) from south-eastern Europe. She holds a Master's degree in Journalism from Sciences Po journalism school in Paris, and has worked for various print, web and radio outlets in French, English and Croatian. Her interests include creative technologies, theatre, graphic novels and all things Soviet. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Alisa Prudnikova

Alisa Prudnikova is Commissioner and Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. She is Director of the Ural Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and a lecturer at the Department of Art History and Cultural Studies of the Ural Federal University. Prudnikova is an organiser and participant of over 30 inter-regional and international conferences.

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 Oxford University; 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 is the staff writer at The Calvert Journal. She  is currently doing a PhD in Russian media at City, University of London. Her work is featured on the Guardian, The Moscow Times, and Vice. You can follow her on Twitter here

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. 

Anatoly Reshetnikov

Anatoly obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in 2010 after writing his thesis on the problem of political identity and 'great projects' politics in contemporary Russia. Currently he is continuing his research at the PhD level in CEU's Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations and working as an affiliate researcher at University College London.

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

Georgiy (Egor) Rogalev is an architectural and documentary photographer and artist living between St Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. He has a particular interest in the post-Soviet historical experience and the ongoing transformation of this territory, which he examines through the eyes of the younger generation born or raised in the time of the Soviet Union’s collapse. 
Rogalev has graduated from School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St Petersburg State University and is currently studying at ICA Moscow. 

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.

Maija Rudovska

Maija Rudovska (b. 1982, Latvia) is an independent curator and researcher based in Riga, Latvia. She has completed Curatorlab postgraduate studies at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and has obtained an MA in art history from the Art Academy of Latvia. Her interests include contemporary art and architecture, with a particular focus on space, hybridity and in-betweenness. She has written widely on art and architecture from post-Soviet countries. Recently her article on Manifesta 10 was selected for the International Awards for Art Criticism. Rudovska also runs a curatorial network Blind Carbon Copy (with Juste Kostikovaite). Recently she became an expert of Artist Residencies for Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme 2015-2017.

Ellen Rutten

Ellen Rutten writes and has written about contemporary Russian culture, literature, art, and design for publishers varying from Routledge and Yale University Press to design magazine Frame. She is professor of Slavic literatures at the University of Amsterdam, co-founding editor of Russian, Eurasian and Central European new media periodical Digital Icons, and editor-in-chief of the journal Russian Literature. 

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.

Alina Sakhnenko

Alina is studying journalism at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. She has had short stories and travel writing published, and in 2014 her poem Eugene Onegin: Version 2.0, a modern take on Pushkin, was well received online. She lives between Moscow and Sochi. 

Maria Sakirko

Maria Sakirko (b. 1987 in Moscow) is a photographer, media-artist and researcher. After receiving a mathematical degree at Moscow State University she began working on personal art projects 
and participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Maria has recently graduated from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, where her primary interest was the future of memory, collective remembering and preservation.

Cicely Salamunes

Cicely Salamunes is an emerging photographer born and based in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba. Her interests go from contemporary photography to mountain climbing. Her biggest dream is to move to a cabin in the woods somewhere.

Vitus Saloshanka

Vitus Saloshanka was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1974, before moving to Germany in 2001. He holds a degree in law from the Academy of Management in Minsky and is a graduate of the University of Applied Siences in Dortmund, Germany, where he studied photography and design. Saloshanka's work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. He is currently working on a project about the EU's eastern border. 

Michael Salu

Michael Salu is a creative director, art editor and writer. His own fiction, non fiction and art have been appeared in a range of publications including, The Short Anthology, Grey magazine, Under the Influence magazine, granta.com and most recently A Tale of two Cities, published by OR Books. He also runs multidisciplinary creative agency http://salu.io/

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. 

Alexander Schneider

Alexander Schneider is from Queens, New York, and lives in London. His studies focussed on the intersection of art and visual perception. His current goal is to take Russian lessons.

Andreas Schönle

Andreas Schönle is professor of Russian at Queen Mary, University of London and the author of three monographs and two edited volumes. His research deals primarily with ways in which cultural identity is manifested in spatial design (in gardens, cities, and landscapes) and through structures of time.

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. 

Katerina Shcherbakova

Katerina Shcherbakova is a Moscow-based documentary photographer currently studying fine art and photography at the British HIgher School of Art and Design. Before that she studied history and media communication, and has worked as a producer and a live reporter for Rain TV. She has a passion for film, politics and Edinburgh.

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.

Sasha Shestakova

Shestakova Sasha is an independent art-writer based in Moscow. Currently writing for Kommersant newspaper, aroundart.ru and others.

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. 

Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short is a Berlin-based writer and editor originally from Birkenhead, UK. She has journalistic experience filming and producing breaking news around the world, and has published written pieces primarily about art and culture both online and in print. 

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. 

Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith is a freelance writer that focuses primarily on contemporary visual art through a feminist lens. She is also Assistant Curator at online exhibition platform, the International New Media Gallery. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Noah Sneider

Noah Sneider is a Moscow-based writer. He is the Moscow Correspondent for The Economist, covering Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space. His work has also appeared in The AtlanticThe New York TimesThe New RepublicSlateThe Believer, The Big Roundtable1843 Magazine, and elsewhere.

Sean Stoker

Sean Stoker is a writer based in and around London. His first book, Draculaland, was published by Eros Press in 2016.

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. 

Alexandra Tatarsky

Alexandra Tatarsky is a writer and performer based in New York City.  She has adapted the work of Kharms, Goethe and S. Ansky for the stage and has a particular scholarly interest in gibberish. 

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.

Jonas Tinius

Jonas Tinius is a post-doc at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Cambridge (UK), where he also completed his PhD in 2016 entitled State of the Arts: German Theatre and Political Self-Cultivation. He is convenor of the Anthropologies of Arts Network (with Alex Flynn) and member of the steering committee for the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH). He is editor of Anthropology, Theatre, and Development: The Transformative Potential of Performance (Palgrave, 2015, with Alex Flynn) and ‘Micro-utopias: anthropological perspectives on art, creativity, and relationality’ (Journal of Art and Anthropology, 2016, with Ruy Blanes, Alex Flynn, and Maïté Maskens). www.jonastinius.com

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

Egor Tsvetkov

Egor Tsvetkov was born in 1994 in St Petersburg, getting his photography education at St Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity in the "Silhouette" photo studio. He now works as a freelancer and photo editor at paperpaper.ru. He is intrested in documentary photography. You can see some more of his work here.

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. 

Alan Turgutoglu

Currently living in Budapest, Alan spent a lot of 2013 and 2014 living in Russia, China and Ukraine. He has a degree in Culture Studies from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is fascinated by the ideological cynicism of communist cultural policy and its legacy. He is neither a sensitive artist nor a political or creative industry analyst. He sometimes travels through eastern European countries to voyeuristically gawp at communist architecture, which is almost nonexistent in his suburban home country of the Netherlands. 

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.

Andrey Urodov

Andrey Urodov is a freelance journalist covering сultural and social issues in Russia. He runs the non-profit magazine Russia Without Us.

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.  

Andrej Vasilenko

Andrej Vasilenko is a documentary photographer and founder of the project This is Vilnius. He currently lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Sergey Velsin

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

Owen Vince

Owen is a writer and artist living in London, having formerly studied at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He runs the small art press PYRAMID Editions.

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.

Denis Volkov

Denis Volkov is a Kazan-based photographer. After studying physics at Kazan Federal University, he switched to a career in media taking pictures and editing for various digital publications. At the moment he works as art director's assistant at the contemporary culture center Smena in Kazan. 

Alexandra Vorobiova

Alexandra Vorobiova is a journalist and critic who is interesting mostly in music ― from avant-garde composers to russian underground bands. She was born in the Far North in Norilsk, and published her first articles in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. She lives and works in St.Petersburg at present. Besides music, Alexandra’s favorite topics are local culture in Russian regions and cultural trends in the post-Soviet states. Her writings were published in the Siberian web-magazine Siburbia, Afisha-Volna and Colta.ru.

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.

Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker is an Anglo-Hungarian former nuclear physicist turned writer based in Budapest, Hungary. She’s a compulsive traveller and has lived in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Germany and Georgia. 

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

Will Webster

Will Webster is a photographer based between Cambridge and Moscow. He has worked in the photo industry for several decades, and his work has been featured in Monocle, the Wall St Journal Magazine and other publications. 

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. 

Natasha Yefimova-Trilling

Natasha Yefimova-Trilling is a Russian-American writer, editor and translator. She has worked in journalism since 1999, focusing mostly on the former Soviet Union, with jobs at three Times — New York, LA and Moscow — and a number of other media organisations. In the past decade, she has split her time between New York, Moscow, Central Asia and Istanbul.

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.

Tatiana Yuzhanova

Tatiana Yuzhanova is currently studying for her business degree at the University of Essex and works part-time at the Calvert 22 Foundation. She spends her free time playing piano and reading.

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.

Igor Zinatulin

A journalist and media entrepreneur who worked at various editorial roles in Russian and international publications, including BBC Russian Service, Wallpaper and Vice. He was previously editor of the Moscow-based youth and subculture magazine Hooligan and deputy editor of The Calvert Journal. 

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is is an artist and researcher currently working on a film and archive project about immigration detention supported by the European Research Council at the University of Oxford. Khadija wrote her PhD at Harvard University and is the author of the acclaimed book Art in the Time of Colony. She has recently exhibited at venues including the Venice Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, and Extracity Antwerp. She is currently writing her second monograph for Chicago University Press about the return of Nazi and colonial loot. She is the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, Sackler-Caird, and Humboldt Stiftung, and is a co-editor of the journal Third Textwww.kdja.org

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