Rus Eng

Russian freelance photographer and photography teacher. With her work Alyona explores historical and cultural connections of person and his homeland. She is interested how the tradition and the present interact with each other and influence people’s spiritual and material culture, their everyday life and world view.

Alyona spent much time shooting photo stories on the streets, in the nursing homes, rehab centers for drug-addicted and hospitals and concluded that in every point of social tension there are human personalities which are equally interesting as global processes. She thinks that understanding and sympathy are basis for growing love to neighbors.

“For me photography is natural part of life, all-purpose language, which I use to speak on problems and express my feelings. The main thing is to do it sincerely, do not retouche or blacken. The most valuable feature of photography is that every picture is a revelation, because besides the things author thought about, life always brings something unpredictable and amazing.” – says Alyona.

She was born in 1988 in Kaluga, Russia. She has a degree in economy, but later decided to spent all her time on photography. Alyona teaches photography in Kaluga Children Arts’ School №2 named after S. S. Tulikov. She works with various Russian media.  

She is an author of some solo and many group exhibitions. Alyona is 3rd prize winner of World Press Photo, winner of international and All-Russian photo contest including The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, Young people in 21 century international contest, PhotoVisa festival, Baltic Biennale Of Photography Photomania, Volga Biennale Of Photography, Photobiennale Of The State Russian Museum, The “Ancestry. Family. Tradition” contest, PiterPhotoFest, Photos are in collection of The State Russian Museum and Chuvash State Art Museum. Laureate of prize of Government of Russia for supporting young artists.