Russian Portrait Photographer Yuri Afanasiev

Modern Russian photography has not been as well recognized as it should have been for reasons incongruous with its rich cultural heritage and deeply refined aesthetics. The motherland gave us literary giants such as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, where War & Peace and Crime & Punishment are often required reading for high school students all over the world.

Then there is its uniquely unbelievable music from the likes of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, of which the latter’s Piano Concerto No.2 is likened to “a surrogate for human achievement” in the novel The Fountainhead.


So back in March, when we saw the image of a beautiful golden sunset interrupted by a girl floating on top of the water, we were mesmerized and not the least bit surprised by its Russian origins. We reached out to the photographer, and amidst his travel and work, he graciously accepted our interview. The interview was conducted in Russian translated by my brilliant friend Nika A.

iLHP: Hi Yuri, thank you for speaking with us today. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

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