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Olga Ingurazova is a freelance documentary photographer and visual storyteller born in Russia in 1985. Currently based in Moscow. 

She began her photography career by documenting post-conflict recovery and the aftermath of separatist movements. And in 2015 she was named to the shortlist of Magnum Photo’s "30 under 30" emerging documentary photographers, and was listed as one of Photo Boite’s “30 under 30 women photographers” to watch. 

She explores social and environmental issues through the prism of her own genuine interest in human self identity, cultural setting, memory and resistance. Frequently she herself becomes a subject of her researches on a par with the characters of her stories. Because she believes: «It’s always personal!»

Currently she is working on the future book, producing editorial work worldwide, personal projects and exploration of the public relations in the fields of the modern visual arts.


 "I’ve found Olga to be a very tenacious and committed storyteller. She has a particular dedication that makes her work stand out; she has a very original take on the stories she pursues." -- Sara Terry (founder and director at the "The Aftermath Project" Grant and Foundation)

"Olga brings top tier professionalism to her work. She has a sensitive eye and captures unique but deliberate photographs on assignment. Very true!" -- Donny Bajoh (Photo Editor at Smithsonian Magazine) 


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • High School of Film and Television Ostankino | Television director and producer | Moscow, Russia || 2006 - 2008
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University | Photojournalism | Moscow, Russia || 2010 - 2012

WORKED IN FOLLOWING COUNTRIES

Brazil | Belgium | Croatia | Czech Republic | Dominican Republic | France | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Poland | Russia | Serbia | South Africa |Spain | Thailand‎ | Turkey | Ukraine | Partially recognized states | Abkhazia | Kosovo | Transnistria |

PUBLICATIONS 

Articles and photos published in following magazines, newspapers & websites:
National Geographic (United States), Smithsonian magazine (United States), Russian Reporter magazine (Russia), Io Donna (Italy), Internazionale (Italy), Courrier international (France), Lens Culture magazine (Holland), FK Magazine (Latvia), Kommersant (Russia), Ogoniok magazine (Russia), FK Magazine (Latvia), Doppiozero magazine (Italy), Colta (Russia), Vechernyaya Moskva (Russia), Russian Planet (Russia), Le Courrier de Russie magazine (France) etc.

Book
War is Only Half the Story. Volume VIII | The Aftermath Project, United States, 2015

AWARDS | HONORS

  • Women Photograph + ONA Grant. | Finalist. 2017
  • International Sittcomm Award. | Winner. 2016
  • ViewFind Visual Storytelling Grant. | Finalist. 2016
  • International photography Direct Look | Finalist. 2016
  • PhotogrVphy Grant |  Nominee Award (United Kingdom). 2016 
  • International photography festival Organ Vida | Commended Entry. 2016
  • Lucie Foundation Scholarship Award. | Short-listed artist. 2015
  • FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project. | Honorable Mention. 2015
  • Magnum ’30 under 30’ list of emerging documentary photographers to watch. | Finalist. 2015
  • Emaho Foundation’s Emerging Asian Photography Grant. | Finalist. 2015
  • Forward Thinking Museum JGS Photography Contest. | Winner. 2015
  • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award. | Commended Entry. 2015
  • Palm Springs Photo Festival Slide Show Contest. | Finalist. 2015
  • PhotoTales Multimedia Projects Award. | 2015
  • ’30 under 30 women photographers to watch’ by Photo Boite. | 2015
  • Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) Mentorship Program Scholarship Grant. | Winner. 2015
  • Aftermath Project Grant. | Finalist. 2014
  • Lucie Foundation Scholarship Award. | Short-listed artist. 2014
  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant. | Short-listed artist. 2014
  • Efremov Report Photography Competition. | 3rd place. 2014

EXHIBITIONS | FESTIVALS | SCREENINGS

  • Cultural center: Akademia Odkryć Fotograficznych | ‘Scars of Independence’ exhibition and artist talk. 2017, Lublin, Poland
  • Festival Pil'Ours of Women Photography | ‘Wolf’ solo exhibition. 2017, Nantes, France
  • International photography festival Organ Vida | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. 2016, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Documentary Photography Days in Istanbul | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. 2016, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Athens Photo Festival 2016 | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. Athens, Greece. 
  • Palm Springs Photo Festival | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. 2015, Palm Springs, US
  • Latvian Museum of Photography | ‘Scars of Independence’ solo exhibition. 2015, Riga, Latvia
  • ‘Fotografia’ International Festival of Rome | ‘Scars of Independence’ multimedia. 2015, Rome, Italy
  • Magnum photo agency and Photography Show |"30 under 30" emerging documentary photographers to watch. 2015, London
  • Photo Boite Exhibition | ‘30 under 30 women photographers to watch’. 2015 
  • Photo Kathmandu Festival | ‘Scars of Independence’ multimedia. 2015, Nepal, Kathmandu
  • International Photography Festival GuatePhoto | Group exhibition. 2015, Guatemala, Guatemala city
  • International Festival of contemporary photography ‘Bitume Photofest’ | 2015, Lecce, Italy 
  • XII International Biennale of Photography of Tenerife | Group exhibition ‘Scars of Independence’. 2015, Canary Islands, Spain 
  • VI International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa | ‘Scars of Independence’ solo exhibition. 2014, Krasnodar, Russia
  • Slideluck slideshows | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. 2014, Bologna, Italy
  • Encontros da Imagem Festival | ‘Scars of Independence’ multimedia. 2014, Braga, Portugal
  • International photography festival Organ Vida | ‘Scars of Independence’ screening. 2014, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Efremov Report Photography Competition | Group exhibition ‘Aftermath Postcards’. 2014, Tobolsk, Russia
  • Piter Photo Fest. | Group exhibition ‘Aftermath Postcards’. 2014, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival | Group exhibition ‘Aftermath Postcards’. 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • V International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa | Group exhibition ‘Forsaken Land’. 2013 Krasnodar, Russia
  • Kuldīga Town library | Exhibition ‘Family Values’. 2013, Kuldiga, Latvia
  • Volga Biennale | Exhibition ‘Forsaken Land’, 2013, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • 2nd Biennale of Modern Russian Photography | 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • International Perm Biennale of Photography | 2011, Perm, Russia
  • Kaunas Photo Star international photo festival | ’Forsaken Land’ screening. 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Young Photographers of Russia. Russian young photo journalism festival | Exhibition ‘Forsaken Land’. 2011, Kazan, Russia

SKILLS & VOLUNTEERING

  • World Press Photo organization | temporary worker | Netherlands, Amsterdam, 2016
  • Medical emergency treatment | Red Cross first aid courses | Russia, Moscow, 2014, 2015
  • International Federation of Journalists | Hostile Environment Training| Russia, Moscow, 2014
  • Women's crisis center for victims of domestic violence | volunteer | Russia, Moscow, 2013, 2014

Language skills
Russian | mother language |
English | fluent |
Italian | fluent |


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