Mary Gelman is a VII Photo Agency Member photographer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
 

After getting a degree in sociology, she was involved in photography and focused on topics such as vulnerability and trauma, its implications; life and ideology of alternative communities. The most important part of her practice is diving deeper into the topics and interactions with people, where the empathy, trust and understanding is significant.
 

Mary has been a winner of different competitions. She's the recipient of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Pictures of the Year, Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Istanbul Photo Awards, Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest. She works for The New York Times, The Washington Post, UNICEF, and many others.

 

Selected awards
 

2021 | Grand Prix The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest

2021 PHmuseum 2021 Photography Grant | finalist

2020 | The Direct Look | 1st place in the problem category

2020 Pictures of the Year International 77 | 1st place in the portrait category

2020 | The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest | 3rd place 

2020 | "Life Framer-THE HUMAN BODY" | winner of 1st place
2020 | The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards | winner 

2019 | Selected for the 8th annual New York Portfolio Review 
2019 | Imago Photo International Contest | winner of 1st place

2019 | Portraits-Hellerau Photography Award | winner of a residency grant
2018 | Leica Oskar Barnack Award | winner of Newcomer

2018 | Direct Look photo contest, FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at Sakharov center | 2nd place

2018 | Flash Forward Ward | winner

2018 | International photography competition "Point on the map" | 1st place 

2017 | Istanbul Photo Awards | 1st place in the Portrait series category

2017 | International documentary film festival "ARTDOCFEST" | the director of the movie "Eternal memory"

2017 | The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest | 2nd place in the Portrait series category

2017 | The Photography Grant | nominee 

2017 | Laureate of the Young photographers of Russia 2017
2016 | Selected for Workshop with Mads Nissen and Mads Greve, Denmark  
2016 | Vilnius Photo Circle | the finalist in the "Homework" category
 

 

Exhibitions and screening (selected)
 

2020 | Personal exhibition in Hellerau | Dresden, Germany
2020 | Aperture Gallery | NY, USA
2018 | Paris Photo, stand Leica | Paris, France 

2018 | "Neuen Schule für Fotografie" | Berlin, Germany 

2018 | Screening night of the Voies Off Festival | Arles, France 
2018 | Center for Documentary Photography at Sakharov center | Moscow, Russia

2018 | Photographers Without Borders| Zahedan, Iran 
2017 | International documentary film festival "ARTDOCFEST" | Moscow, Russia
2017 | U.N. headquarters | New York, USA

2017 | Cer Modern Arts Center | Ankara, Turkey

2017 | Folkart Gallery | Izmir, Turkey 

2017 | Tophane-i-Amire Culture and Arts Centre | Istanbul, Turkey 
2017 | Lumiere Brothers’ Center for Photography | Moscow, Russia
2017 | Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 | Vilnius Photo Circle | Vilnius, Lithuania
2016 | Group exhibition "Now or never" | Copenhagen, Denmark


 

Teaching, workshops, lectures, and other initiatives (selected)

2020 Photojournalism and documentary photography: VII Academy 12-week seminar with Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik | online

2019 | Artist Talk at the Arnulf Rainer Museum, Festival La Gacilly – Baden Photo | Baden (Austria) 

2018 | Intensive workshop for journalists in Tomsk State University | Tomsk, Siberia 
2018 | Book signing at the Paris Photo | Paris, France 

2018 -2019 | Teaching own course of documentary photography at the "School of Academic Photography" | Saint Petersburg, Russia

2018 | Public lecture at the "School of Academic Photography" | Saint Petersburg, Russia

2018 | Artist Talk in "Human Library" | Saint Petersburg, Russia

2017 | Workshop for journalists in Tomsk State University | Tomsk, Siberia 

2017 | Artist Talk at the Vilnius Photo Circle | Vilnius, Lithuania

 

 

Education


2020 | New York Portfolio Review

2020 | 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass | World Press Photo

2017 | Summer School of Russian Reporter, documentary filmmaking

2016 | Vilnius Photo Circle | Lærke Posselt, Lithuania, Vilnius
2016 | Summer School of Russian Reporter, workshop with Andrei Polikanov, Russia

2016 - 2017 | Workshop with Mads Nissen and Mads Greve Copenhagen, Denmark 
2015 – 2016 | School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc | Saint Petersburg, Russia


Publications

 

Her works were published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, UNICEF, National Geographic, Медуза, Lenta.ru, Takie Dela, Bird In Flight, Colta.ru, Wonderzine, Buzzfeed (NY), Sobaka.ru, The Village, Afisha. Daily, European Photography, Internazionale, Большой Спорт, Fluter and many others. 

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Email:  
gelman@viiphoto.com  
gelman1917@gmail.com 

TEL: +7.911.037.88.24 | Russia

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