Alexandra Demenkova, b.1980 Kingisepp, USSR

Documentary photographer,
currently based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Available for assignments in Russia and worldwide.

"Although I asked my parents to buy me a camera at the age of nine, I only got my first camera at the age of nineteen.
I'm happy that photography has happened to me. I think it suits my temper a lot - I like the fact that every single picture is created in a fraction of a second.
When I photograph I feel much better than when I don't. It is as if I start to feel the firm ground under my feet or I forget that it is not there at all. And sometimes I feel as a magician. I believe, this explains everything."

© Evgeny Mokhorev

Education/Masterclasses (selected)

2014 The Missouri Photo Workhshop, Platte City, USA

2013 Russian Masterclass, Aarhus, DK – Saint-Perersburg, RU

2010-2012 Reflexions Masterclass

2008 Eddie Adams Workshop, Barnstorm XXI, Jeffersonville, USA

2007 14th annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam, NL (book)

2000-2002 Faculty of Photojournalism, Saint-Petersburg, RU

1998-2003 Russian State Pedagogical University, Department of Foreign Languages, RU

Awards (selected)

2006 The best press-photographer 2006, Grand Prix, Saint-Petersburg, RU

2005 The Ian Parry Scholarship, 3-rd Place, London, UK

2004 The Northern Palmyra, Grand Prix, Saint-Petersburg, RU


2014 Moly Sabata, Sablons, FR (October, November)

2013 LightWork Residency, Syracuse, USA (February)

2008-2009 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten/Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NL

Festivals (selected)

2014 Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase, curated by Yumi Goto, Obscura Festival, Penang, Malaysia (slideshow)

2013 Head On Photo Festival, Fragile Land, Sydney, AU

2012 XXII Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 11th Aleppo International Photography Festival, Syria

2012 Kaunas Photo Festival, Lithuania

2012 Les Rencontres d’Arles, Reflexions Masterclass 2002-2012, Une Aventure Artistique, FR (book)

2012 FotoFest, Contemporary Russian Photography, Houston, USA (exh. cat.)

2011-2012 Menotrentuno, Su Palatu Gallery, Museo del Carmelo, Sasseri, Sardegna, IT (exh. cat.)

2011 7th Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2010 Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Land, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL (book)

2010 10th International Festival of Photography in Pingyao, CN (exh. cat.)

2010 Nordic Light, International Festival of Photography, Kristiansund, Norway

2009 Chobi Mela V, International Festival of Photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008 Lumix Festival of Young Photojournalism, Hannover, DE

2007 Bursa Photography Days, UFAT, University of Uludağ, TR (exh. cat.)

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2014 Le Bleu du Ciel, Humaines, trop Humains (with Dana Popa), Lyon, FR (exh. cat.)

2014 RF64 Spazio Minimo, Acquaviva, San Marino (exh. cat.)

2013 Shortcuts Gallery, Cinema Forum, Namur, BE

2012-2013 Lieux-Communs, Shortcuts Gallery, Namur, BE

2012 H2O Gallery, Russian Love, Barcelona, ES (exh. cat.)

2012 Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

2011 Andrei Sakharov Center, Fotodoc, Moscow, RU

2011 Librairie Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Zerkalo – Photographie Russe Contemporaine, Quebec, Canada

2010 De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Territory of Broken Dreams, Helmond, NL

2009 Museum of the History of Photography, Images and Likenesses, Saint-Petersburg, RU

Group exhibitions (selected)

2014 What does the Motherland start with? Museum of History of Moscow, Moscow, RU

2013 Art.0, Nouveau Palais de Justice, Lyon, FR

2013 Recycle Art, Russian Portfolio (projection of Russian photographers), Brussels, BE

2012 Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya, Young Russian Stories, Barcelona, ES

2010-2011 Moscow MOMA and Stedelijk Museum (among other venues), VoTH Exhibition, Moscow, RU and 's-Hertogenbosch, NL (exh. cat.)

2010 Beckel Odille Boicos Gallery, Russian Photography, Paris, FR

2009 Royal Court Theatre Company, A New Place to Live, Stratford-upon-Avon, GB

2009 Photographer.ru Gallery, Russian Style, Moscow, RU

Publications (selected)

2013 Esquire, KZ (№2 (55) )

2012 Katalog, Journal of Photography & Video, Odense, DK (№24.1)

2012 Russian Reporter Magazine, Moscow, RU (№8, February, 2012)

2010 Kaze no Tabibito, magazine on photography, Tokyo, JP (Find the Root, vol.40, June, 2010)

2009 Future images, book, 24 ORE Motta Cultura slr, Milan, IT

2009 This Day of Change, book, Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo, JP


Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

CBK (Centrum Beeldende Kunst) Zuidoost, Amsterdam, NL

Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, The Hague, NL

Private collections in Russia, Europe, USA

Teaching (selected)

2014 Workshop at Bloo, School of Photography and Contemporary Image, Lyon, FR

2013-2014 Teacher at the Faculty of Photojournalism, Saint-Petersburg, RU


Presentations and artist talks in different venues