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Alexandra Kocho-Schellenberg


at the altar




Biography

I studied photography at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating with a B.F.A. in 2001. My final portfolio, documenting the Brooklyn waterfront, was part of the group exhibition The Mentor Show in Soho, New York. After graduation I moved to Russia, where I continued taking my own photos while working as the pictures editor at The Moscow Times, Moscow's leading English-language daily. After over three years in Russia, I moved to the United Kingdom in late 2004, where I am continuing some long-term projects and seeking freelance assignments. My photos have been published in The Moscow Times, The St. Petersburg Times, Novaya Gazeta, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and Corriere della Sera Magazine.

Work

Although I cover news events, I am most interested in feature photography and reportage. I believe that journalists have a responsibility to document and inform, and I feel that in-depth photojournalism is ideal for these purposes. I am strongly drawn to investigate the edges of society - minority religions, fringe youth groups, immigrants - and to gain an appreciation of how these groups define themselves and interact with society as a whole.

I plan to continue some of my Russian projects, and would also like to document the marginalized ethnic Russian populations living in other former Soviet republics. In the UK I will be working further with the Hare Krishna community, in Manchester, London, and elsewhere. I am interested in comparing the experiences of different immigrant groups, such as Manchester's large Indian Muslim population and London's West Indian community, and how they differ from the culture of Britain's white urban underclass. I am also planning to document the effects of the upcoming US presidential election, both in New York and outside of the US.

Russia My longest running project in Russia, spanning nearly two years, documents the Hare Krishna community in Moscow. I am now expanding the scope of the project to document the community in its international context.
In connection with parliamentary and presidential elections I have covered political demonstrations and politics in the regions.
Other work includes fringe youth movements, scenes from Moscow life, and more.

Turkey While covering the opening of the Kremlin Palace Hotel on Turkey's Mediterranean coast I also photographed the city of Antalya, its tourist industry and villages in the surrounding area.

United StatesFurther expansion of my Hare Krishna project, working in two temples in New York City.
Work in the US also includes a look at the streets of New York, Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, and a reportage about Grand Central Terminal.

United Kingdom The international expansion of my project on the Hare Krishna community begins in Manchester.

 

 

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