Documentary

Photographs in this section are not just portraits of some people shot at a certain time and in a certain place. There is always a story behind each of them, which for me is inseparable from photos themselves. That is why I always diligently describe all the nuances of their creation. Time passes, details wear off, people get forgotten, but I continue to simply carry on my narrative.

Eduard Limonov, writer and political dissident. Эдуард Лимонов, писатель, поэт, публицист © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Eduard Limonov. Writer and political dissident

Eduard Limonov is a famous Russian writer, poet and political dissident. He is a very controversial and meticulously researched figure — and I don’t think I have much…

Krzysztof Zanussi, film director. Backstage © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Krzysztof Zanussi. Film director

I have already described how I took the editorial portrait of Krzysztof Zanussi during a break in the shooting of his film Foreign Body at the Metropol hotel…

Attilio Steffanoni, artist. Аттилио Стеффанони, художник © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Attilio Steffanoni. Artist

Attilio Steffanoni is a painter-watercolorist and graphic artist from Bergamo, with his work, mostly featuring Venetian motifs, carnival and Moscow landscapes. Attilio Steffanoni is a very unusual artist,…

Joel-Peter Witkin, photographer. Prudence. Джоэл-Питер Уиткин, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov

Joel-Peter Witkin. Photographer

Joel-Peter Witkin is an American photographer whose creative method usually gets mixed reviews. He uses corpses or body parts in his surrealistic images and often works with minorities…

Magnus Carlsen, chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion © Sasha Krasnov

Magnus Carlsen. Chess Prodigy

Magnus Carlsen is a chess prodigy. In 2013, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He achieved his peak…

Olga Sviblova, head of Moscow House of Photography and Patrick Demarchelier, photographer. Ольга Свиблова, директор Московского Дома Фотографии и Патрик Демаршелье, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Patrick Demarchelier. Photographer

Legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier is best known for his portraits of Princess Diana. They are remarkable indeed, as well as many other of his works. A Moscow-based photography…

Georgy Kolosov, photographer. Георгий Колосов, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Georgy Kolosov. Photographer

Georgy Kolosov is, unfortunately, not as famous worldwide as he deserves to be. But he is very dedicated to his life-work. He belongs to a rare type of…

Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion with son © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Garry Kasparov. 13th World Chess Champion

It is probably worth starting with the fact that Garry Kasparov is the greatest chess player on the planet. And until now no other chess player has managed…

Otar Iosseliani, film maker. Отар Иоселиани, кинорежиссер © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Otar Iosseliani. Film director

There are lots to say about film director Otar Iosseliani, but you’d better watch his films. Anyway, it is worth describing the circumstances in which these photos came…

Yuri Belyaev, actor. Юрий Беляев, актер © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Yuri Belyaev. Actor

Yuri Belyaev is a Russian classical actor with a very interesting and striking appearance. He first caught my eye in the remarkable film Edinozhdy solgav… (Who had once…

Igor Mukhin, photographer. Игорь Мухин, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Igor Mukhin. Photographer

Igor Mukhin is an absolutely unique photographer. I met him for the first time in 2003 at a rather unique event, Art-Klyazma, which was essentially an open-air art…

Boris Kupriyanov, publisher and publicist, "Falanster" book store founder. Борис Куприянов, издатель и публицист, основатель книжного магазина 'Фаланстер' © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Boris Kupriyanov. Publisher and publicist

Boris Kupriyanov is a publisher, and not an ordinary one but rather one-of-a-kind. He does a great thing by publishing little-known authors and rare intellectual literature. His bookstore…

Paolo Roversi, photographer. Паоло Роверси, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Paolo Roversi. Fashion photographer

Paolo Roversi is one of the most interesting fashion photographers with an exceptional sense of color and exquisite taste. He is notable for shooting in a now very…

Ilya Kormiltsev, poet. Илья Кормильцев, поэт, переводчик и издатель © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Ilya Kormiltsev. Poet

It’s very hard for me to write about Ilya Kormiltsev and his legacy. He managed to achieve a lot, meant a lot to other people, and a detailed…

Vladimir Semin, photographer. Владимир Семин, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Vladimir Semin. Photographer

Vladimir Semin is a very unusual photographer. During his work for the USSR’s major news agency, the Novosti Press Agency, which strove to shape a positive image of…

Marina Razbezhkina, documentary director. Марина Разбежкина, режиссер документального кино © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marina Razbezhkina. Documentary director

Marina Razbezhkina is a very distinctive Russian documentary director. She took up documentary filmmaking late in her life, initially pursuing a career in education and later journalism. A…

Vadim Abdrashitov, film director. Вадим Абдрашитов, кинорежиссер © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Vadim Abdrashitov. Film director

Vadim Abdrashitov is one of my favorite film directors. I watched all the movies he made, many of which I remember from my childhood. Each of them usually…

Oleg Kulik, artist. Олег Кулик, художник, перфомансист © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Oleg Kulik. Performance artist and sculptor

Unfortunately, I have never managed to make a personal acquaintance with famous artist Oleg Kulik, but I have been long following his public performances as a spectator. Although…

Lyalya Kuznetsova, photographer. Ляля Кузнецова, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Ljalja Kuznetsova. Photographer

Ljalja Kuznetsova is a world famous photographer and one of the very few people who were allowed to document daily life in the gypsy community. She did it…

Marlen Khutsiev, film director. Марлен Хуциев кинорежиссер © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marlen Khutsiev. Film director

Marlen Khutsiev is not just an internationally renowned director, he is a landmark figure, who shot such iconic Soviet films as I Am Twenty (Zastava Iliycha), July Rain…

Roger Ballen, photographer. Роджер Баллен, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Roger Ballen. Photographer

Roger Ballen is probably one of the most peculiar modern photographers. Only Joel-Peter Witkin can also compete for this title. For the first time, I saw his works…

Pietro Masturzo, photographer, World Press Photo 2010 Winner. Пьетро Мастурцо, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Pietro Masturzo. Photographer

Pietro Masturzo is a photographer, who won World Press Photo contest in 2010. I met him at Red October, a former candy plant in Moscow. Having been adored…

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet of the Khrushchev thaw. Anatoly Zverev Center © Sasha Krasnov

Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Poet

Yevgeny Yevtushenko is a world-famous Russian poet, who was the first to break the silence about the massacre of thousands of Jews in Babi Yar in Kiev. It…

Marc Riboud, photographer and former vice-president of Magnum Photos. Марк Рибу, фотограф © Sasha Krasnov - Portrait Photographer

Marc Riboud. Photographer

This photo came to life in February 2005 during the Photobiennale Moscow. Looking through its programme I discovered that photographers Marc Riboud and Joel-Peter Witkin would hold seminars…