Liza Premiyak

Liza Premiyak is Managing Editor at The Calvert Journal and writes about photography, electronic music, and fashion. You’ll probably find her at a portfolio review somewhere in Eastern Europe. Her writing has appeared also in Apollo, The Art Newspaper, Magnum Photos among other arts publications.

Koryo-Saram in America: meet the Korean-Uzbeks who fled prejudice in Russia and made Brooklyn their home 

Koryo-Saram in America: meet the Korean-Uzbeks who fled prejudice in Russia and made Brooklyn their home 

Both Russian and Irish, one photographer offers a tender exploration on being torn between two cultures 

Both Russian and Irish, one photographer offers a tender exploration on being torn between two cultures 

Photos of young people partying through the decades at one Russian village disco

Photos of young people partying through the decades at one Russian village disco

 We loved these 8 photo books above all others in 2019. Here’s why

We loved these 8 photo books above all others in 2019. Here’s why

Evgenia Arbugaeva’s portrait of Greta Thunberg for Time’s Person of the Year is a celebration of courage

Evgenia Arbugaeva’s portrait of Greta Thunberg for Time’s Person of the Year is a celebration of courage

Lofty statues and roadside oddities: what can we learn about Russia in Moscow’s margins?

Lofty statues and roadside oddities: what can we learn about Russia in Moscow’s margins?

Life above the Arctic circle: when the resources run dry, how will the people of the Kola Peninsula survive? 

Life above the Arctic circle: when the resources run dry, how will the people of the Kola Peninsula survive? 

Exquisite photos of Siberia’s candy pink lake

Exquisite photos of Siberia’s candy pink lake

Hidden and unmarked: vivid photos from inside Russia’s former closed towns  

Hidden and unmarked: vivid photos from inside Russia’s former closed towns  

Moody postcards of sprawling Soviet housing blocks photographed at ‘blue hour’

Moody postcards of sprawling Soviet housing blocks photographed at ‘blue hour’

Zamilska brought a punk sensibility to the techno club. Now she wants to share her voice with the world

Zamilska brought a punk sensibility to the techno club. Now she wants to share her voice with the world

Beyond borders: a journey through the disputed republics of Transcaucasia

Beyond borders: a journey through the disputed republics of Transcaucasia

Onboard an overnight ‘party’ ferry, Latvia’s youth sail into uncharted waters — and uncertain times

Onboard an overnight ‘party’ ferry, Latvia’s youth sail into uncharted waters — and uncertain times

Siberia’s mighty forests are ablaze: is photography futile in the face of such disaster?

Siberia’s mighty forests are ablaze: is photography futile in the face of such disaster?

A year of new beginnings: George Nebieridze’s book ’17 is an exhilarating ride through sleepless Berlin

A year of new beginnings: George Nebieridze’s book ’17 is an exhilarating ride through sleepless Berlin

Rare 90s photos capture the lives of the young and restless in an Estonian border-town

Rare 90s photos capture the lives of the young and restless in an Estonian border-town

Anyone for tennis? In Sofia, locals are finding creative ways to save the city centre

Anyone for tennis? In Sofia, locals are finding creative ways to save the city centre

Meet the sisters behind an Almaty organic shop vowing to bring Kazakhs closer together

Meet the sisters behind an Almaty organic shop vowing to bring Kazakhs closer together

Take a moment to reflect on the pristine, geometric beauty of this roadside Albanian mosque

Take a moment to reflect on the pristine, geometric beauty of this roadside Albanian mosque

In Russia’s Far East, the Nanai community are adapting to new ways of life

In Russia’s Far East, the Nanai community are adapting to new ways of life

A Croatian photographer turns her holiday memories into minimal still lives

A Croatian photographer turns her holiday memories into minimal still lives

After a turbulent decade for Hungarian techno, Budapest’s parties are flourishing against the odds

After a turbulent decade for Hungarian techno, Budapest’s parties are flourishing against the odds

Discover the wild side of Lake Balaton, Hungary’s hedonistic summer escape

Discover the wild side of Lake Balaton, Hungary’s hedonistic summer escape

Sun kissed: growing up beside Croatia’s glittering Adriatic Sea

Sun kissed: growing up beside Croatia’s glittering Adriatic Sea

You can find a slice of Mediterranean paradise in Kyiv if you look hard enough

You can find a slice of Mediterranean paradise in Kyiv if you look hard enough

A small wooden church outside Kyiv hides the treasures of a cosmonautics museum

A small wooden church outside Kyiv hides the treasures of a cosmonautics museum

The female gaze behind the Iron Curtain: the brilliant archive of Joanna Helander

The female gaze behind the Iron Curtain: the brilliant archive of Joanna Helander

Selfie sticks at the Aral Sea: another example of disaster tourism’s self-indulgence?

Selfie sticks at the Aral Sea: another example of disaster tourism’s self-indulgence?

Photos from a whirlwind trip around Kazakhstan in search of adventure and serenity

Photos from a whirlwind trip around Kazakhstan in search of adventure and serenity

Photographers, don’t miss your chance to apply for ISSP’s distinguished mentorship programme

Photographers, don’t miss your chance to apply for ISSP’s distinguished mentorship programme

Inside the idyllic but deserted ‘American’ suburb on the edge of Ashgabat

Inside the idyllic but deserted ‘American’ suburb on the edge of Ashgabat

Under a cloud: what’s it like to live in the town next door to Chernobyl?

Under a cloud: what’s it like to live in the town next door to Chernobyl?

One photographer gives herself permission to remember lost love

One photographer gives herself permission to remember lost love