Hi, I’m Igor Amelkovich. I live in Chelyabinsk, which is in southern Ural mountains in Russia. I studied radio engineering at the South Ural State University. From 1985 to 1987 I served in the Soviet army, near Vladivostok on the Pacific coast by the Chinese border. Photography has been my focus since 1999.I didn’t held a camera in my hands before and I’m self-taught. My work is film-based and I use Hasselblad 503CW and three Carl Zeiss lenses, Planar 80/2,8 and Sonnar 150/4 and Distagon 50/4.
I have two photo passions: landscapes and nude. For me woman is a nature’s concentrated form of beauty. I like to photograph self-assured subjects, ones who are comfortable sharing their beauty.
Anka was born on December 4, 1980. She spent her childhood with books on art and her mothers’ drawing tools, covering acres of paper with her drawings. In 1997 she entered the Moscow Architectural Institute deciding to follow in her mothers’ footsteps. But at the end of 1997 her mother was diagnosed with cancer and died in less that a year. Then her father died in 1999.
After that Anka’s life changed dramatically. In attempt to keep sane, she plunged into an alternative lifestyle – working as a tattoo artist, singing in a rock-band, sometimes looking for escape in alcohol. In order to make a living while studying, Anka worked at several modeling agencies. Thanks to the drawing lessons she wasn’t afraid to pose nude, and her photos appeared in the Playboy and XXL magazines and at the Playboy 1999 photo exhibition. But she was not looking for a modeling career – it was just a way to make some money.
In 2001 Anka was working in the post-production department at the Mosfilm StudiosThat same winter one of her colleagues invited her to spend a week-end in Saint-Petersburg with his friend, composer and musician Alexander Zhuravlev. In less than a month Anka said farewell to Moscow, her friends, her Mosfilm career and moved in with Alexander in Saint-Petersburg. Living with her loved one healed her soul, and she regained the urge for painting. She made several graphic works and ventured into other areas of visual arts. In 2002 Gavriil Lubnin, the famous painter and her husband’s friend, showed her the oil painting technique, which she experimented with for the following several years. During that period she made just a few works because each one required unleashing of a serious emotional charge. All those paintings are different as if created by different people.
Anka’s first exhibition took place on a local TV channel live on the air – the studio was decorated with her works.
Several exhibitions followed.
Private collections in Russia and abroad feature her paintings and sketches.
In 2006 Anka noticed that her inspiration often came from photos and decided to take up photography.
Since that time Anka took part in numerous projects -magazine’s publications and covers, book and CD covers, exhibitions.
She engage digital photo art and analog film photography as well.
In 2013 Anka with her husband moves to live in Porto, Portugal.
Was born in Irkutsk in 1969, after leaving school he entered the Irkutsk College of the Arts. From 1987 to 1989 he served in the Soviet army. In 1992 he degree in the professional graphic designer. Until 1998, he worked in painting, sculpture and photography. At the same time he studied plastic anatomy, psychology, esoteric, holds a professional astrologer, which influenced his future work. In 1998 he was admitted to the Union of Designers of Russia.
Alina Tarabarinova was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on the first of September in 1985. Graduated Saint-Petersburg state university, faculty of journalism. Since early childhood she has been involved in various aspects of art such as music, painting, dancing. She falls in love with photography and art in general, under the influence of friends and parents and, in particular, her mother.
In 2007 Alina began her 6 months trip to South Africa where she got the job of photo reporter in several local newspapers. In 2008 she spent 6 months in India and Himalaya mountains. A different kind of life, nature, people, atmosphere inspired her. She became addicted of the road and the camera. After this came a wave of personal exhibitions. She started to write and make photos for her articles. In 2011 she became a member of Russian Photounion. Up to the present day Alina continues to make pictures and work as a freelance photographer.
« I just want to express myself as a person and a human being . I want to capture the fragmentation of my society by means of a metaphore. I am just a person using photography as a medium to investigate life . I keep asking questions about life. What really makes the difference is what we perceive: photography can gently whisper a story or irreverently scream it. And so the eyes of who’ s looking or the ears of who’s listening become important. I really believe that photography can’t change the world but photography can make a soul and heart of people in this world more open and sincere. The world needs more than a pretty picture, it needs something that will push people to think. It is an understanding about life, about people, about myself. Photography is a dialogue. Images can talk and they can do it so better, this is for sure. It is time for our rebirth. And here comes the devine I and I the real Ja trinity that are calling to our big brother of the superalative subconsciousness that interferes with our reality be means of love and truly beloved lovers! » Alina Tarabarinova.
On photographer Dmitry Chapala’s pictures women’s bodies are shown as something almost methaphysical. A slight surrealism in his works sends us to the world of dreams, dreams about women. Staying in the boundaries of good taste he never shows anything vulgar. Sometimes calm and peaceful, quiet as a melody, sometimes expressive and vivid almost until exaltation nu — this is the result of his skillful work.
He manages to portay the openness of the soul though the naked body, claiming by that that body is beautiful. His art is not propaganda-like, there is no conflict in it. This is for the sake of art, the absolute aesthetic of nu.
Tamina, «Absolute Aesthetics nudity
Elena Chernyshova is a Russian documentary photographer, based in France. She was born in 1981 in Moscow, USSR.
A self-taught photographer, she developed a passion for this visual language during her studies at an architectural academy. After two years of work as an architect, Elena quit her job and cycled with Gael de Cevoisier from Toulouse to Vladivostok and back again: 30,000 kilometres, 26 countries, 1,004 days of cultural, human, and challenging experiences. The trip led to her decision to become a photographer.
Photography for her is a way of investigating the daily life of different groups and communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic change. Her work aims at visualizing the impact of human activity, ways of adaptation, and diversity of lifestyles.
In 2011 Elena received a grant from the Lagardère Foundation to create the photo documentary ‘Days of Night – Nights of Day’ about the daily life of the industrial city of Norilsk, 400 kilometres to north of the arctic Circle in Siberia.
Elena’s work has been published in National Geographic, Le Monde, Internazionale, Days Japan, A/R magazine, Newsweek Russia, and Ecology and Life.
Awards: World Press Photo 2014; Days Japan Awards and others.