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

In 2016 she graduated School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc (Saint - Petersburg) and was a participant in various international and local workshops. She works as a photojournalist and teacher. The most important part of her professional life is personal projects. She explores the larger world through close personal narratives. Mary focuses on a study of issues of gender and body, boundary and identity, discrimination and the human relationship with the environment.

 

Mary has been a winner of different competitions. She's the recipient of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award,  Istanbul Photo Awards, Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest. 

 

Awards
 

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

2018 | Fujifilm/Young Talent Award | shortlist

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

2018 | Flash Forward Ward | winner

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

2018 | Selected for 6-th New York Times portfolio review

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 | 2 st place in the Portrait series category

2017 | The Photography Grant | nominee 

2017 | Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards | the finalist 

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
2016 | International photography competition «Direct look», the finalist 

 

Exhibitions and screening (selected)

2018 | Paris Photo, stand Leica | Paris, France 

2018 | Personal exhibition in the cinema «Pioneer» | Moscow, Russia

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 «ARTDOFEST» | 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
 

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 in Paris Photo | Paris, France 

2018 -2019 | Teaching own course of documentary photography in a school of academic photography | Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2018 | Public lecture in a school of academic photography | Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2018 | Artist-talk in «Human Library» | Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2018 | Public lecture in «The Ribs Of Eve» | Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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

2017 | Public lecture on a festival of photography and design | Tomsk, Siberia

2017 | Artist - talk in Vilnius Photo Circle | Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 |  Public lecture in feminist school | Saint-Petersburg, Russia

 

 

Education

 

2017 | Summer School of Russian Reporter, workshop of documentary film

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 | Documentary photography and photojournalism at «DocDocDoc» school, Russia


Publications

 

Her works were published in The Washington Post, 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 among others.

E-mail:  
gelman@viiphoto.com  
gelman1917@gmail.com 


 

TEL: +7.911.037.88.24 | Russia
(if this number is not available, I might be abroad, try to message me via Whatsapp)

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