A guide to the New East


Christina Abdeeva

Although her parents wanted her to study medicine, fashion photographer and designer Christina Abdeeva pursued art. Since her recent graduation from the British Higher School of Art and Design, she has worked as a freelance photographer for publications such as Vogue Russia, Port and Esquire. She currently divides her time between Moscow and Paris.

Edward Adrian-Vallance

Edward Adrian-Vallance has lived and worked in Russia for six years. He has a particular interest in indigenous minorities and has travelled through much of the Russian Arctic, Far East and the ex-Soviet Central Asian States. He now runs a small but successful interpreter/fixer service for journalists, photographers, filmmakers, academics and tourists wishing to visit these hard-to-reach places. His writing on Russia has been published in The Geographical, Travel Addict and Globespots online travel guide.

Alice Aedy

Alice is a London-based photojournalist and film-maker. Her work for The GuardianThe Times and VICE have taken her from the refugee camps of Greece to the deserts of Somaliland. Alice has a degree in history and politics from the London School of Economics, and recently began a masters at the University College of London. She loves khaki and is on Instagram.

Mikhael Agafonov

Mikhael Agafonov is a freelance writer based in Moscow, Russia. He’s a contributor to several Russian and international media outlets, including Dazed and Confused, Cosmopolitan Russia, MTV Russia and others. He also works as a freelance publicist for Sony Music Russia and DJs. 

Alena Agafonova

Alena has been working in Siberia as a reporter and editor for social and cultural projects, including the online magazine Takie Dela. Alena is based in Moscow.

Alyona Ageeva

Alyona Ageeva is based in Nizhny Novgorod. She is an actress, director, poet and organiser of creative festival ART Camp. She also writes about culture for the local edition of Sobaka magazine.

Alisa Aiv

Alisa Aiv is a photographer from Novosibirsk. She finds inspiration in the underreported nature of her city and shoots mainly in Novosibirsk and neighbouring areas in Siberia. She has a degree in journalism but photography has been her main passion since childhood. You can find her work in Kinfolk, Inrussia and Areola among others.

Marina Akatova

Marina Akatova was born and lives in St Petersburg. She studied journalism at St Petersburg State University, and now works as a freelancer for numerous publications including Kommersant and Discovery magazine. In her spare time, Marina likes art. 

​Dina Akhmadeeva

Dina Akhmadeeva is an independent writer, curator and researcher based in London. She studied History of Art at Oxford University at BA and Masters level, exploring art from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, with a special focus on the history and theory of photography. Dina has experience working with Modern Art Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum and the V&A. She translates between English and Russian, and is currently learning Turkish, Georgian and Arabic. Follow her on Twitter here

Howard Amos

Howard Amos is Senior Editor at The Calvert Journal and a MA student at SSEES. Prior to this he spent 7 years as a journalist in Moscow, reporting from across Russia and the former Soviet Union. His work has been featured in publications including The Guardian, The Associated Press, The Moscow Times and Newsweek. Follow him on Twitter here.

Petr Antonov

Petr Antonov was born in 1977 in Moscow, Russia. After receiving his university degree in foreign languages, Petr chose to pursue a somewhat unrelated career which led to him becoming a photographer. He currently does freelance work for both Russian and international press in addition to personal photography projects.

Natalia Antonova

Natalia Antonova is a writer, journalist, and associate editor at openDemocracy Russia. She splits her time between four different countries and hence doesn't know where she's based anymore.

Marina Antsiperova

Marina Antisperova is a Moscow-based journalist whose most beloved topics are art and architecture. Over the last 7 years she has written for Afisha, GQ and Bolshoi Gorod. She studied at Strelka Institute and started out by writing on art and culture for Kommersant.

Dana Juhász Ardell

Dana Juhász Ardell is a Budapest-based photographer. Her work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, in addition to other Chicago publications. She relocated to Budapest several years ago and spends her free time travelling and eating her way around the region.

Ariadne Arendt

Ariadne Arendt is an artist and curator born in Crimea, she lives and works in London. 

Andrei Arkhangelsky

Russian journalist, columnist, culture expert, Andrei Arkhangelsky currently works as culture editor at the Ogonyok magazine (part of the Kommersant publishing house). He's written numerous academic and journalistic works about the Russian media.

Diana Aroutiounova

Award-winning creative producer & director – Diana Aroutiounova is known for her work on critically acclaimed documentaries tackling sensitive topics within hostile environments around the world. A true powerhouse and a road warrior - she produces, directs, films, speaks 5 languages and operates a drone. She has worked with the industry's leading production companies, creating documentary films for the BBC, Discovery US, National Geographic, Channel 4.

Max Avdeev

Max Avdeev is a Moscow-based freelance photographer with a particular interest in northern and central Asia. His work has been published in Das Magazin, The New Republic, Le Monde, Liberation and Vanity Fair.