Photo by Vladimir Syomin


I was born in 1978 in Moscow (Russia) and dived into photography in 1998. In 2002 graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University. Since 2000 have been a student of Alexander Lapin, Russian photographer and photography researcher, the author of books on photography.

In 2001-2011 was focused on theater photography and worked basically in collaboration with Moscow theater «OKOLO». For a few years tried myself as a bild editor in different Moscow newspapers. Since 2009 decided to concentrate on documentary photography and started a long-term project on life of children and adults with disabilities.

Currently I’m working on photo projects «Autism» and «Adult Children» (focuced on future of mentally disabled children), portrait essays about autistic people and their parents, a documentary movie about social rehabilitation of disabled adults and photo/video exploration of Tuva (Siberia, Russia).

professional experience:
2001–2009 worked as a photographer in various Moscow theaters.
2004–2008 — a photo-editor in daily newspapers “Novie Izvestiya”, “RBC daily”.
Since 2009 – a freelance photographer.
Since 2010 has been collaborating with the Rehabilitation center  for disabled children Our Sunny World (Moscow) as a photographer and filmmaker.

2006 – “Don Carlos” by Schiller. Rehearsals” solo exhibition within the theatrical project “Don Carlos” (Chelovek Theatre, Moscow)
2009 – “Lapin School” group exhibition (Vinzavod Gallery, Moscow / State Museum of the History of Saint-Petersburg, St.Petersburg)
2010 – “What’s your name?” group exhibition (Sakharov’s Museum, Moscow)
2011 – “The Lenders” by August Strindberg. Rehearsals” solo exhibition within the theatrical project “The Lenders”(Open Stage Theater, Moscow)
2012 – “Minorities” group exhibition (FOTODOC, the Center of Documentary Photography, Sakharov’s Museum, Moscow)
2013 – «Autism» solo exhibition (Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Moscow)
2013 – «What is Autism?» street solo exhibition (Moscow)
2014 – «Under the Sign of Horse» solo exhibition on hippotherapy and disabled sport riding (movable, Moscow)

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award 2012

Without Barriers 2015
Caminos de Hierro 2016