Irina Popova

Based between St. Petersburg, Amsterdam and South of Italy

SHORT Biography

Born in 1986 in Tver, Russia, Irina Popova is a documentary photographer and curator. A graduate of the Tver State University School of Journalism, Popova studied photography at FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, in 2007. In 2008-2010, she studied documentary photography and mixed media at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.
Popova worked as a staff writer and photographer for Ogoniok Magazine in Moscow from 2008-2009. In 2010, she moved to the Netherlands, and was artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 2011-2012. In 2013, Popova co-founded the Dostoevsky Photography Society collective. In 2013-2014, she curated an exhibition FFABRU/Foreign Fotographers About Russia, as part of the Open Border Festival, Amsterdam; subsequently the exhibition toured to ten Russian cities.
Irina Popova has participated in numerous exhibitions and photography festivals in Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Burma, and Lisbon, including the Photoquai Biennale, Paris and the Noorderlicht and Breda Photo international festivals in the Netherlands. Her work has been published by; Afisha Mir; Russian Reporter; Ogoniok; the Guardian; Geo International; the New York Times; Gup Magazine; and Lens Culture. Popova’s work is included in the collections of the Russian State Museum; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam.

In 2014, Popova published the photo books Another Family and If You Have a Secret. She has received numerous awards and nominations, including Delphic Games of Russia (2006, 2007, 2008); Young Photographers of Russia (2008 and 2010); Best Photographer of Russia (2009); the UNICEF prize honorable mention (2009); Award of Fund of Development of Photojournalism, Russia (2009); and nomination for the Marie Claire Photo Award (2012). She teaches photography in Moscow at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.

1986, Tver, Russia

2004-2005 School of Photography in Tver House of Youth (tutor - Y. E. Feodorov)
2004-2009 Tver State University, Journalism faculty
2007 Summer School of Photography in Photodepartament, St. Petersburg, tutor - Sergey Maximishin
2008-2010 The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, specialization – Documentary photography, masters – Oleg Klimov and Irina Meglinskaya
2008-2009 The Educational Program of Online Workshops “Objective Reality”, masters: O. Klimov, I. Meglinskaya, A. Gronsky, R. Effendi, A. Polikanov, L. Perkins, M. Regnier etc.
2008 Moscow Academy of Classic Photography, course “Street photography”, tutor – Anton Gorbachev
2009 workshop “Social Portrait”, master Rena Effendy
2008-2009 other workshops and master-classes by U.Kozyrev, Pieter Ten Hoopen, Platon, Erica Larsen, A. Kostyukov, A. Chernov, A. Lapin, S. Pojarskaya, A. Kitaev, I. Muhin, A. Kuznetsov etc.
2009 Minsk Summer Photography School, course “Documentary Design”, Tutor – Koen Gurts, NL
2010 The Open University, Breda, the Netherlands, course “Bookbinding”.
2011 Moscow Leica Academy, a series of workshops by Magnum Photographers Chris Anderson, Mark Power, Chen-Chi Chang and Georgy Pinkhassov
2011-2012 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
2013 KABK, The Netherlands, attending lectures by Fred Ritchin
2014 Noor Workshop by Stanley Greene and Alesandra Fazzina, Bayeux, France
2018-2019 Master of Film at Filmacademie Amsterdam.

Selected prizes and awards:
2015 Spine Dummy Award, Stokholm, shortlisted
2015 Photobook Dummy Award, Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany - shortlisted
2014 Dutch Doc Award, longlisted
2013 Dutch Doc Award, longlisted
2013 Pride Photo Award, the first prize in the main category for “APT 779” project
2012 Marie Claire Photography Award
2010 the prize of the Volga Biennale of Photography for “LTP”
2009 “The Best Photographer of Russia” in the category “The Best Photostory”
2009 the Prize of Fund of Development of Photojournalism, Russia
2009 honourable mention of UNICEF for “Another Family” project.
2008 Prize of Volga Biennale 2008 for photoproject “Derbejki.”, Nijny Novgorod, Russia
2008 Prize of the contest “Without the Barriers” devoted to the problems of the disabled
2008 Samara, the gold medal of the Delphic Games of World, nomination “Photography”, for photoproject “Another family”, Moscow, Russia
2008 the gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination “Photography”, for photoproject “Luli gypsies” , Novosibirsk, Russia
2007 the gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination “Photography”, for photoproject “The Military Hospital”, Yaroslavl, Russia
2006 the gold medal of the Delphic Games of UIS, nomination “Photography”, for photoproject “The National Opera”, Astana, Kazakhstan
2006 Krasnoyarsk, the gold medal of the Delphic Games of Russia, nomination “Photography”, for photoproject “The Bikers”

Selected solo exhibitions:
2016 project “Russian Beauty”, van Abbe Museum, Young Art night / 80s exhibition
2016 Russian Happiness, Compagnie Theater, Amsterdam
2014 PickPocket Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 “Ekaterinburzhtsy”, Metenkov Museum, Ekaterinburg, Russia
2012 “Secrets”, Rijksakademie Open, Amsterdam
2012 Narocco, Tver Museum of Modern Art “TverCA”, Russia
2012 Narocco, Metallist House of Culture (closed due to the cenzorship), Tver, Russia
2011 Narocco, Rijksakademie Open, Amsterdam
2011 “Saying goodbye to Kezhma”, curator Irina Ruzina, Chernigov Photofest, Chernigov, Ukraine
2011 “Another Family”, Photoquai Biennale, curator Francoise Hugier, Paris, France
2010 Zerkalo Project , la Librairie Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Quebec, Canada
2010 “Another Family”, curator Eric Toubiana, l'Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
2010, “10 Days During the War” as a part of L.A.F. project during the Nights of Photography at Tbilisi PhotoFest, Georgia
2010 “LTP” at Center Verslavingzorg, Groningen, the Netherlands
2010 “Another Family” during the Recontres d’Arles festival, Arles, France
2010 “Syberia”, Valckenberg Park, Breda, the Netherlands
2009 “Cuba is near”. the House of Metrologist, Mendeleevo, Russia
2009 “Will the Russian Village Survive?”, curator B. Mikhailov, The Art center of the Gorky Library, Tver, Russia
2008 “Another Family”, curator Oleg Klimov, Photodepartament, S.- Petersburg, Russia
2008 “A Place on the Earth”, Art-center Garage, Mendeleevo, Russia
2008 “The Heroines of a Western, Tver Officer House, Tver, Russia
2007 “World in the Glass Wardrobe”, The Liza Chaikina Museum, Tver, Russia
Selected group exhibitions:

2016 Kolga photo festival, Tbilisi
2015 FotoArt Festival, Bielsko-Biała Poland
2015 Found Reality, Art Hotel, Amsterdam (side program of UNSEEN)
2015 Unseen Photofair, Amsterdam – Photobook Fair
2015 Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France – Cosmos Photobook Fair
2015 Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany
2015 “I am a Camera”, Fotofest, Houston, USA
2015 Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
2015 Yangon Photo Festival, Myanmar, Burma
2014 Perugia Social Photo Fest, Italy
2014 AIR in Zuidoost, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam
2014 LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX, curated by Frank Wagner, nGBK, Berlin, Germany
2014 Portfolio-review, Dusseldorf Photoweekend, Germany
2014 “My Joy”, curated by Katia Krupennikova, Art Geneve, Switzerland
2013 “Russian Atelier on Amstel”, curator Maarten Bertheux, Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2013 Food For Your Eyes, the Photobook Fest, Paris, France
2013 “No Lands Men”, curated by Katia Krupennikova, TAAK, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2012 Strana Project, Meglinskaya Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2012 UNSEEN, De Donkere Kamer presentation, Amsterdam
2012 “Believe in Tver” festival, curator Marat Guelman, Museum of Modern Art “TverCA”, Tver, Russia
2011 Liquid Motions project, Watersnood Museum, The Netherlands
2011 “The Day when My Day Began” at “Weg Weg Weg” festival, curator Tim van der Meer, CBKU, Utrecht, the Netherlands
2011 “LTP” at Perm Biennale of Photography, Perm, Russia
2011 “LTP” at Jugada a 3 Bandas, curator Tevi de la Torre, Aranapoveda gallery, Madrid, Spain
2011 “Antoher Family”, curator Marat Gelman, “Believe in Tver” festival, Tver, Russia
2010 The Festival of Cheap Art, Tver, Russia
2010 “LTP” at The Volga Biennale of Photography, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
2010 The Diploma Show of Rodchenko Photography and Multimedia School graduates, curator Olga Sviblova, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Russia
2010 “LTP” at BredaPhoto Open Studio Route, Breda, the Netherlands
2010 Sence and Sencibility in ArtPlay on Yauza, during the Moscow Biennale of Photogrpahy, curator – Ekaterina Lazareva and Kirill Preobrazhensky, Moscow, Russia
2010 “Russians: Photographic Portrait”, curator Liza Fetissova, Orel Gallery, Paris, France
2010 Photokina, the Best Unicef Entries, Cologne, Germany
2009 “The Pursuit of Happiness”, curator Wim Melis, the Noorderlicht festival, Groningen, the Netherlands
2009 Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia
2009 “LTP” at Baltic Breeze, curator Andrey Baskakov, Kaliningrad, Russia
2009 “Young Russian Photography”, curator – Nina Levitina, Manej, S.-Petersburg
2008 “Without Barriers”, the group exhibition about the disabled people, curator Andrey Baskakov, the Photosoyuz gallery, Moscow, Russia
2008 The Young Photographers of Russia, photofestival, The History of Photography Museum, Nijniy Novgorod
2007 International Photo and Cinema Festival “Open Eyes” against racism and xenophobia, S.-Petersburg, Russia
2007 The Young Photographers of Russia, photofestival, The History of Photography Museum, Nijniy Novgorod, Russia
2007 Tver Region Photoexhibition

Selected scholarships and grants:
2012-2013 Prince Claus Fund, the Netherlands
2011 Prince Bernhard Fund, the Netherlands
2010 the Scholarship of the Russian Union of Photographers
2008 President Scholarship for Talented Youth, Russia
2007 Potanin Scholarship, Russia

2015 Fotografika academy, St. Petersburg
2014 Photofaculty, St. Petersburg
2013 Workshops for Gloval Village, Amsterdam
2013 Moscow School of Visual Arts, Vinzavod, Moscow
2012-2013 Photoplay academy, Moscow
2011-2012 University of Journalism and Art, Moscow
2009 Moscow Academy of Classic Photography
2009 Photospace, “The Lonely Hills” festival
2010 “Researcher” The summer school of journalism and science on the base of Russian Reporter magazine
2011 The 8-days workshop on the Chernigov PhotoFest, Chernigov, Ukraine
Single lectures at Mosow, The Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, gallery Photographer.


2014 BijlmAIR, Kunstcentrum Zuidoost, Amterdam
2013-2014 the Bookstore Project, Amsterdam

2011-2012 Rijksakademie, Amsterdam


2019 Lost in Istanbul
2018 The First Beauty Pageant
2016 Incomplete Princess Book, Dostoevsky Publishing, Amsterdam
2015 Iconic Drawings, Dostoevsky Publishing, Amsterdam
2015 Welcome To LTP, Dostoevsky Publishing, Amsterdam
2014 Bijlmer: Atlas of People and Birds
2014 “If you have a Secret”, Dostoevsky Publishing, Amsterdam
2013 “Another Family”, Schilt Publishing & Treemedia, Amsterdam-Moscow
2012 “Native Soil”, Rare Bird Publishing, Amsterdam
2011 “Narocco”, Rare Bird Publishing, Amsterdam
2010 “Cuba is Near”, BArt Publishing, Mendeleevo

Curating experience:

2018-2019 events and exhibitions at Paper Fetish Amsterdam
2014 OpenBorder Festival with the theme “Photography and Propaganda”, Amsterdam
2013 FFABRU: Foreign Photographers About Russia, 10 Russian cities from Moscow to Sakhalin
2013 The Living Archive Project, Amsterdam
2013 Dostoevsky Photography Society, Amsterdam – Russia

Geo Russia (photo department)
Bird in Flight

Selected Publications:

FOAM (NL), Linda (NL), The Guardian (UK), New York Times International (USA), The Sunday Times Magazine (USA), de Volkskrant (NL), Le Photo (FR), GEO International (GE), GUP magazine (NL), Linda Magazine (NL), Marie Claire (FR), Marie Claire (BR) The Petersburg Peak Hour (RU), Russian Reporter (RU), Ogoniok magazine (RU), Correspndent (UA), The flight line (RU), F Magazine(RU), Foto&Video (RU), Photographer (Russia), Photo/ARTs Magazine, Metro Holland (NL), Photo Romania (RO), Lenta(RU), Snob (RU).


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