About. Lesha Pavlov | photography

Lesha Pavlov is a Russian photographer and artist.

Comes from the Borogontsy village in the country’s coldest Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Currently based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

His work focuses on the features of socio-cultural interaction in the post-soviet space, environmental problems, colonial and decolonial processes.

Member of The Russian Union of Lens-based Artists.

Awards and grants

2021 Picture of the Year Asia — COVID Picture Story — Winner, 3rd place

2021 College Photographer of the Year — COVID Experience — Winner, 2nd place

2021 Cortona On The Move — New Visions — Winner

2021 A. Efremov Reportage Photography Contest — Federal Reportage — Winner

2021 Young Russian Photographers — Winner, Laureate

2021 Russian Federation State Grant for Outstanding Cultural Figures and Artists

2021 PORTRAITS — Hellerau Photography Award — Finalist

2021 Vilnius Photo Circle — Homework Contest — Finalist

2021 Makers of Siberia Photo Prize — Series — Finalist

2021 Sony World Photography Awards — Professional, Documentary — Shortlist

2021 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards — Documentary — Shortlist

2020 PhotoVisa — Single Images — Winner, 1st place

2020 College Photographer of the Year — Portrait — Winner, Award of Excellence

2020 Russian Federation State Grant for Outstanding Cultural Figures and Artists

2020 International Photography Grant: Talent of the Year — Finalist

2020 Bogota Photo Prize — Finalist

2019 World Biennial of Student Photography — Winner, 1st place

2019 Redkollegiya Prize — Nominee

Art-residencies and laboratories

2021 Peredelkino Residence, Moscow, Russia

2021 PubLab: Siberian Laboratory for Young Art, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2020 Vyksa Art Residence, Vyksa, Russia

Solo exhibitions

2021 Youth of the North, Galerie nEUROPA, Dresden, Germany

2020 Zhivlovka, Vyksa Art Residence, Vyksa, Russia

Group exhibitions

2021 Practice of Place: Landscapes, Distances, Infrastructures, CC19, Novosibirsk, Russia

2021 New Reality, Art of Omsk Museum, Omsk, Russia

2021 Togetherness, Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, Germany

2021 You Were (Not) Here, PubLab, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2021 Young Russian Photographers, Kaluga, Russia

2020 Sea Line, Sevkabel Port, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2020 Photography in Light of the Pandemic, ZGA Gallery, Online

2019 World Biennial of Student Photography, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia


2021 Photo Club Teacher, “Anton Tut Ryadom” Center, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Educational initiatives

2021 Artist-talk, School of Modern Photography “Docdocdoc”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2021 Artist-talk, Young Russian Photographers Week, Novosibirsk, Russia

2020 Artist-talk, Ivan Kulikov’s Photoschool, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

2020 Master-class, Vyksa Art Residence, Vyksa, Russia

2020 Artist-talk, Vyksa Art Residence, Vyksa, Russia


I grew up on the shores of Lake Myuryu, Radio Svoboda

New love in the time of corona, Lensculture

I treat myself as critically as possible, Sony Russia


The Calvert Journal, Lensculture, Seance Magazine, Ogonyok Magazine, Republic, Zapovednik, Lenta.ru


2021 Zombie Photography by Untitled, 2020 Photohub with Sergey Novikov

2020 The Eddie Adams Workshop, with Sarah Leen and Matthew Jordan Smith

2020 The VII Academy Seminar: Photojournalism and Documentary Photography with Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik

2017 Mediapolygon by Russian Reporter Magazine with Marina Akhmedova, Vitaliy Leibin, Dmitriy Gienko


2020 School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc — Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2016 Ural State Law University — Yekaterinburg, Russia