Bio

Elena Chernyshova is a Russian documentary photographer.

A self-taught photographer, she developed a passion for this visual language during her studies in the architectural academy. After two years of work as an architect, Elena left her job and bicycled from Toulouse to Vladivostok and back again: 30,000 kilometers, 26 countries, 1,004 days of cultural, human, and challenging experiences. The trip led her to decide to become a photographer.

Photography for her is a way to investigate the daily life of different groups and communities in the context of environmental, political, and economic changes. Her work aims to visualize the impact of certain conditions of human activity, ways of adaptation, and diversity of lifestyles.

Elena regularly collaborates with National Geographic Russia, Geo and other magazines and works on her personal long-term projects.

 

PUBLICATIONS

National Geographic, Geo, 6 Mois, Stern, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Neon, Internazionale, Days Japan, Courier International, Le Temps, Politiken, Sunday Times, A/R magazine and others.

 

AWARDS

2019                DIRECT LOOK, Russia. Short list – «Wing Ambulance»

2017                BROUILLON d’une REVE – SCAM, Paris – «Gone with the Faith»

2016                FREELENS AWARD 2016, Honorable mention. Lumix Festival. Project : Days of Night – Nights of Day.

2014                WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2014, Daily Life, 3rd – «Days of Nigh-  Nights of Day»

.                        DASY JAPAN International Photo Journalism Awards 2014 – Special Prize by the Jury

.                        PHOTOGRAPHIES de l’ANNEE, Reportage, 2nd – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                        BOUTOGRAPHIES Festival – Exchange Prize and Public prize – «Days of Night –  Nights of Day»

2013                INVISIBLE Photographer Asia Photos Essay Awards, finalist – «Days of Night – Nights of Days»

.                        FORWARD THINKING MUSEUM  “Runner up” JGS Photography Contest – «Days of Night – Nights of Days»

2012                LAGARDERE foundation photography grant 2012 for the project - «Days of Night – Nights of Days»

2010                ANI Coup de cœur – «Awaiting Movement»

2009               NIKON International Contest – European Emerging Talent

 

EXHIBITIONS

Personal exhibitions

2019                  CE CONTEMPORARY Gallery, Milan, Italy – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

2018                 INTERVALLE Gallery, Paris, France – « Zima»

2016                 CONCERTGEBOUW, Brugges, Belgium – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         HALF KING GALLERY, New-York, USA – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

2015                 PHOTON Gallery, Toulouse, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

2014                 INTERVALLE Gallery, Paris, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         STUDIO 44 Gallery, Genova, Italy – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         ARCTIC BEING, Vadso, Norway – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

Group exhibitions

2019                 LA GACILLY Photo Festival, Gacilly, France. «Life in Extreme Cold»

.                         MODEM, Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary  - «Permafrost»

.                         FESTIVAL de L’IMAGE, Saint-Valery-en-Caux, France

.                         FLOW Photofest, Scotland, Days of Night – Nights of Day

2018                 ART BIENNALE Krasnoyarsk, «Mir» project, Museum center of Krasnoyarsk, Russia – «Gone with the Faith».

2017                 BSPF, Brussels Street Photography Festival, Brussels, Belgium.

 

2016                 BURSA PHOTO FEST, Bursa, Turkey – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         FESTIVAL della FOTOGRAFIA ETICA, Lodi, Italy – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         LUMIX FESTIVAL for Young Photojournalism. Hannover, Germany - «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         NORMANDIE IMPRESSIONISTE – «Visage d’un village», Varengeville-sur-Mer, France – «Normand Holidays»

.                         PIL’OUIS, Festival International de femmes photographes. Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

.                         COPENHAGEN PHOTO FESTIVAL – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         MAC CRETEIL, Paris, France – Tropiques du Grand Nord – «Days of Night –Nights of Day»

.                         EYES on MAIN STREET, Wilson, USA, Outdoor Photo Festival.

.                         PARALLELE Festival, Marseille, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

 

2015                 FOTOFEVER, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         WHATS Up PHOTO Doc, La Bellevilloise, Paris, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         MOSCOW ART BIENNALE – «The HOPE», Russia – «Norilsk», «Wyksa»

.                         GETXOPHOTO, Getxo, Bilbao, Spain – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         EYES on MAIN STREET, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival

.                         LES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES, Mans, France – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         PLUIE d’IMAGES Festval – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

 

2014                 CIRCULATION Photo Festival, Paris, France – «Days of Night, Nights of Day»

.                         MMAM, Moscow Multimedia art Museum, Russie – «Ludi Sveta» («Light People»)  for the 10th Anniversary of Rushydro. 6 series.

.                         LODZ FOTOFESTIWAL, Poland - «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         SINGAPORE International Photo Festival – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         LES BOUTOGRAPHIES Festival, Montpellier, France – «Days of Night – Nights of  Day»

.                         FOTOLEGGENDO, Rome, Italy – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

.                         FOTOGRAFICO EUROPEO Festival, Busto Arsizio, Milan, Italy – «Days of Night –  Nights of Day»

.                         PHOTO IRELAND Festiva, Ireland – «Days of Night – Nights of Day»

2011                  PHOTON Gallery, Toulouse, France – «Inter-espaces Urbains»

.                         CITE de L’ESPACE, Toulouse, France – «Le Mythe de la Femme Russe»

2010                 ANA Gallery, Paris, France – «Trans-Asiatique»