Irina Kalashnikova is a Russian photojournalist. Born in Moscow and having lived, worked and travelled in Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe she has gained experience of working in difficult conditions and hostile environments.

Irina holds master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Arts London, London College of Communication (2006);  Diploma in Photography, Academy of Classic Photography (Moscow 2005), and MA in Social and Political Science from the Moscow State University (2001). Her social science training, political instinct and visual flare create a unique combination that make her works creative and analytical at the same time.

Her work has been published in leading international and Russian media, such as: Newsweek magazine (Japan, South Korea, Poland, Russia), Days Japan, The Sankei Shimbun (Japan), BBC Online, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times, The Scotsman, The British Style Magazine, The Architectural Review (UK); La Repubblica (Italy); Kommersant Publishing House (Russia), The Moscow Times, The European Commission Culture magazine.

Irina also worked as a freelancer for AP news agency in 2007.  She has been releasing her work through Getty Reportage and has been a principle London photographer for Kommersant, Russia’s most respected and authoritative daily newspaper. She also works on corporate assignments ranging from World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and European Commission to Riccardo Crespi Art Gallery/Milan among others.

Exhibitions and awards:

2015 winner of the Tokyo International Photography Competition, group exhibitions:
2015 October 9 -18 — Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo,
2015 October 1 — November 21 — United Photo Industries Gallery, New York,
2015 November — GuatePhoto Festival, Guatemala.
2012 ‘The Kommersant. Free Camera’ group exhibition at Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
2011 The Foto8 Summershow group exhibition, London
2010 June — Host Gallery, slideshow presentation, London
2010 June — Photo Forum, slideshow presentation, London
2009 “Stand Up For Journalism”, The National Union of Journalists photography group exhibition, London
2009 The British Press Photographer’s Year group exhibition at the National Theatre, London
2009 International Photography Awards, Deeper perspective Honorable Mention
2009 Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards nominee
2009 Foreign Correspondents Club, slideshow presentation, Beijing
2009 Format Festival, Bang and Olufsen Showrooms, Derby, UK
2007 Russian Space group exhibition, Pushkin House, London
2007 International Colour Awards, Photography Masters Cup nominee in Architecture and Photojournalism