Ksenia Ivanova is a documentary photographer from Russia, based in Saint-Petersburg. Ksenia had studied Russian literature of the 19th Century and visual poetics of Dostoyevsky before she decided to switch to documentary photography, but the main topics of Russian literature still have a huge influence on her way of telling stories.
Ksenia’s photo stories were made in Northern Europe, Siberia, Balcans and USA. In the photography her main interest is focused on the problem of cultural identity and social issues. She prefers to delve deeply into topics, to build trusting relationships with characters and to work on long-term projects. For the past year and a half, she has been working on an ongoing photo story about a leading oncology surgeon in Russia, who was diagnosed stage 3 stomach cancer.
Ksenia works with The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, GEO. For the last 3 years, she has been working regularly with the online charity Russian magazine Takie Dela. She received the Young photographers of Russia Award, College Photographer of the Year (Award of Excellence), and Stenin Contest 2019 Award (Jury Honorable Mention winner), among others.