about & contacts

Portrait by Julia Grishan, 2009.

        Was born in 1985 in Minsk and formally educated in foundry manufacture as an engineer-designer. On the first year at the university started to study photography; was taking part in numerous educational programs, lectures and workshops. Then worked for 3 years in the USA as photographer on cruise ships. Since 2013 was working as full time photojournalist in the biggest daily newspaper in Belarus “Komsomolskaya Pravda” and as freelancer for other media and agencies in Belarus. At the same time was constantly working on personal projects and as a freelancer - in a number of Belarusian and international media and NGO's specializing in documentary and event photography.
       In 2017 moved to Chicago, USA where continues to work on personal projects and as a freelancer. With assignments ranging from breaking news to portraits and features, my work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Architectural Review, OnAir magazine, Windy City Times, Voyage Chicago, Bird In Flight magazine, Timer and more.

Education & Workshops :

2018 –  Missouri Photo Workshop ’70 Alumni, Team Chapnick (faculty: MaryAnne Golon & Randy Olson), Missouri, USA.
2014 – Workshop by Pep Bonet\NOOR on documentary photography and filmmaking, Lithuania. 2012-2013 – Belarus Press Photo Workshop “Working on Personal Projects” by Yuri Kozyrev/NOOR, Andrei Polikanov and Tatyana Plotnikova (“Russian Reporter” Magazine), Belarus. 2011 – Lectures of WPP’11 winners: Pietro Masturzo and Peter Bialobrzeski, "Strelka" Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Russia.
2011 – “Magnum” agency lectures and master-classes : Mark Power, Chien-Chi Chang, Jonas Bendiksen, Alec Soth, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Thomas Dworzak, “Garage” center, Russia.
2011 – Sergey Maksimishin masterclass “The way to success. Photo stories. Work with news agencies”, Belarus.
2011 – Creative meeting with Josef Koudelka, Center of Photography Lumiere brothers, Russia.
2010-2011 – Course on photojournalism by Andrei Liankevich, Belarus.
2010 – Lectures of WPP’10 winners: Seamus Murphy and Jodie Bieber, "Strelka" Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow.
2007 – Aleksander Lapin masterclass "Photography as...", Belarus.
2003-2008 – National Technical University, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Belarus. 

. Awards & Nominations : 

Story "Being Chloe" has been shortlisted in the Photojournalism category of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2019.
Independent press photography contest “Belarus press photo 2015”, 3rd place in “Nature” category.
Award "Golden Pen 2013 ", nomination "Culture” (Minskm, Belarus)
Independent press photography contest “Belarus press photo 2013”, 1st place in “Daily life” category with project “Last visit”
Finalist of the Fourth Portfolio-review in Kiev, on International visual culture festival VIZII (2013) 
Finalist of “Lenscratch” photo magazine competition in “Self-portrait” category (February 2013) 
Finalist of the annual international photo festival “Chernihiv Photo Fest” (2011)
Belarusian photo contests “Minsk 940” and “Belarus is near” - finalist (2007)
BNTU photo contest finalist, nominations “Town landscape” and “Genre” (2006)
Finalist of Belarusian photo competition “Minsk photographs. Citizens” (2008)

 Exhibitions :

6 artworks were chosen by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) for its 3rd annual James L. Applegate long-term exhibition at the Springfield office throughout 2018.
Project “The Last Visit“ as a part of group exhibition "The genitive" at the National Center of Contemporary Arts (2018), Belarus.
Group exhibition "We like small things" on Filter Photo Festival (2017), Chicago USA.                        Participant of group exhibitions "Flora", photography magazine "Don’t Take Pictures" (2017), USA.   Solo exhibition “The Last Visit” in Museum of Modern Fine Art in Minsk, Belarus (2014).
Participant of the “Month of Photography” in Minsk, Belarus (2014).
Solo exhibition of «Lost & Found» project, as part of the World day of animal protection, together with the NGO "Egida" Minsk, Belarus (2011).
Participant of group exhibitions "Minsk 940" (2007), "Belarus pobach", "Belarus Press Photo 2013", Chernihiv Photo Fest (2011) and Portfolio-Review in Kiev, Ukrain(2013). 

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