Kirill Ovchinnikov. Artist statement.
I am a professional artist who works in the genre of photography and tries to convey the underlying social, psychological and metaphysical processes of our everyday life, without departing from the true nature of documentary photography. I try to explore hidden causal relationships of nature, cities and their inhabitants.
The idea to shoot so called "panoramas in pieces" came to me from cinematography, as an analogue of the black and white film. The jagged and uneven form happened when I gave up the tripod for greater mobility. Later, I found this to be a benefit of the photo against the movie because it gives more options for framing. I choose myself the frame I need - a complete balanced composition as a clean picture or a flowing one from one frame to another, like in a movie. So as director, I plan the script and as photographer, I wait for the right moment to happen. Each picture in my panorama is a single photo and together they make a time story, because sometimes several hours can pass between adjacent frames. I choose the plot in the framework of the events, while being still a reporter.
Born in Moscow, in 1965. Painter. Member of International union of graphic artists since 1990. Graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University, graphic artist department, in 1992. Freelance journalist ad designer from 1997-1999. Professional photographer since 2000. Main shootings of architecture and interior were done for Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Salon Interior, Interni, Wallpaper magazines. Main portraits have been published in Inrerior+Design, Shtab kvartira, Mezoin magazines. Worked as travel photographer for Afisha Mir, Vokrug Sveta, Travel+Leagure magazines. Collaborated with Photo Tass in Beirut in 2007. Portraits and fashion shootings for Esquire, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, L’Officiel, Vogue, Forbes, Snob magazines. Starting from 2009 regularly works on assignments for Russian Reporter magazine . There are many advertising projects for agencies and banks in his portfolio. He shoots as well industrial architecture for major companies and holdings. His artworks are in museums and private collections. Starting from 2013 he teaches courses of portrait and documentary photography at British Higher School of Design in Moscow.
Exhibitions and awards
1990 – 1995. Member of Artist exhibitions in the Central Hall of Exhibitions Manezh, Moscow.
2005, 2009. Member of the exhibition Fashion and Style in photopgraphy, Moscow.
2008. Personal Exhibition Day of the dead in Mexico. Tschuseva Architectural museum, Moscow.
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Winner and member of Best of Russia contest. Moscow.
2009. Finalist and member of the exhibition The Art of Photography Show. San-Diego. USA.
2013. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow. Krymsk. Eyewitness. Direct speech.
2007. International Photography Awards. Professional category. Los Angeles. USA. 2d prize for Merry Christmas in Lebanon. 3d prize for Galina Volchek portrait. Three 3d prizes in different categories.
2008, 2010. Semi-finalist of Hasselblad Masters Awards
2013. National Press Photographers Association. 3d prize.
2013. Kuala Lumpur Photoawards. Finalist. Member of the exhibition.
2013. International Photography Awards. 1d prize for Franz Josef Land.
Black & White Spider Awards. Px3 Competition, Art Photography Show awards and other nominations and certificates of honour.
2015. The 6th Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg. Winner of the portfolio review. 1st place.
2015. Forum fur Kunst. Heidelberg, Germany. “The Russian North”.
2015. Central European House of Photography. Bratislava. 2015. Winner of the portfolio review. 1st place.
2015. Finalist and member of the art exhibition “Show your world”. Gallery MC, NYC, the USA.
2016. Portraits 2016. Curator Martha Schneider. The Center for Fine Art Photography, the USA. Juror's and Director's awards. Finalist and member of the exhibition.