A guide to the New East


Jonathan Campion

Jonathan is a published travel writer, with a fixation for Russia’s remote regions and the former Soviet republics. He studied Russian in Exeter, Yaroslavl and Tver, and worked as a translator in Kiev and London for seven years. His work as a wine & spirits analyst now takes him to nine countries in the CIS and New East. His website ‘Eurasian Echoes’ is at jonathancampion.com.

Alena Chendler

When Moscow-based fashion photographer Alena Chandler isn't shooting magazine editorials, she takes snapshots of the Moscow party scene for Central Park Mag, a website she runs with her partner, Alexsei Kalabin. She also runs Cycles Lady, a blog about style savvy women on bikes in Moscow. 

Dal Chodha

London-based fashion writer Dal Chodha is editor of non-seasonal publication Archivist. He contributes to various international titles including ModernMatter, Wallpaper* and VOGUE India. In September 2008 he co-founded bi-annual lifestyle publication b Magazine, editing the title until its sixth and final issue in November 2012. A consultant to several luxury brands, clients include Burberry, MARTIOTESTINO+, Kenzo, Paul Smith and Sunspel. Chodha is also Senior Lecturer at UCA Epsom and Central Saint Martins. 

Marco Citron

Marco Citron is an Italian photographer whose research primarily focusses on landscape and architecture. A bibliophile and collector, has just released his first book URBANISM 1.01, a journey through the landscape of the Soviet Union.

Alexander Clapp

Alexander Clapp is a journalist based in Chişinău. His writing has appeared in The Baffler, Kathimerini, and the TLS.

Tom Clark

Tom Clark recently graduated from the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, where he investigated phenomena ranging from the design of memory on the Lower Volga to the Russian trajectory of biotechnology. Before that he and a friend set up and ran a company hosting panel discussions in London. He read Russian and Philosophy at university and currently lives between Moscow and London. 

Pamela Cohn

Pamela Cohn is an American filmmaker, curator, freelance arts journalist, and story consultant based in Berlin, Germany. She programs for DokuFest — International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo and runs her own experimental screening series in Berlin called Kino Satellite. She is directing her first feature film in the countries of Albania and Kosovo.

Shura Collinson

Shura Collinson is a Moscow-based journalist originally from Leeds, UK. Before moving to Moscow she lived in St Petersburg for seven years, where she was editor-in-chief of The St. Petersburg Times newspaper. She hold a Master's degree in Russian and French from the University of Cambridge, and has written and contributed to several guidebooks on Russia.

Valeria Costa-Kostritsky

Valeria Costa-Kostritsky is a French journalist based in London. She contributes to The Guardian, The London Review of Books and French GQ. She tweets @valeria_wants. 

Travis Crawford

Travis Crawford has been a contributing writer on cinema for such publications as Keyframe/Fandor, Film Comment, Filmmaker, and MovieMaker. He has also served as film acquisitions consultant for the U.S. distributor Artsploitation Films, and as a film programmer in the Philadelphia area for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the Associate Program Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Samuel Crews

Samuel Crews was the online editor of The Calvert Journal for over two years, from its founding in 2013 until 2015. He also managed marketing activities for the Calvert 22 Foundation. A graduate in Russian Studies from UCL SSEES, he writes on contemporary Russian culture and society, in particular film. Sam currently works as a content specialist at Expedia in Rome.

Simon Crofts

Simon Crofts was born in Edinburgh and studied law at Oxford University. He went to work as a lawyer in Moscow for six years in the 1990s specialising in privatisation, finance and securities. During this time he also spent a year working on a space law project cooperating with the Russian Space Agency. For the last 12 years he has worked as a photographer, living first in Krakow and now back in his native Edinburgh. He often collaborates with his wife, the Polish photographer Sylwia Kowalczyk.