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Alisa Martynova (b. 1994 in Orenburg, Russia) is a documentary photographer currently based in Florence, Italy. After finishing her studies in Foreign Philology in her native country, in 2019 she graduates from a professional photography three year program at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Florence, Italy. 

 

She has worked on a number of contemporary stories, such as African migration in Europe, intricate relationship of humans and new technologies. Refusing direct approach to telling the story, she uses photography as a tool for creating parallel worlds and translating reality into the language of symbols, that she extracts from existent stories and the meticulous reserach on them. She is interested by the universal themes such as change, time and space, dreams.

 

She received awards such as Premio Combat (2019), Canon Young Photographers award (2019), World Press Photo award in Portraits Series section (2021), Korridor Preis für Dokumentarfotografie award in collaboration with the 20er magazine (2022) and UNSTUCK award from Magenta Foundation (2022). She was nominated for Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomers award twice (2020 and 2022), was shortlisted for Photolux award (2019), PH museum women photographers grant (2019) and Aftermath grant (2022). Her work was exhibited in the festivals and galleries such as Photo Brussels (2021, Belgium), Cortona on the move (2021, Italy), Encontros da Imagem (2021, Portugal), Planches Contact, Tremplin Jeunes Talents (2021, France), La Gacilly photography festival (2022, France), Italian Culture Institute of Addis Abeba (2022, Ethiopia), Fisheye gallery (2022, France), Reich für die Insel gallery (2022, Austria) and Leica galleries (2023, Italy).

 

Her work is published by Internazionale, D-Repubblica, Leica Fotografie International, Fisheye magazine and 20er magazine. 

Exhibitions

2023 Nowhere Near, La Gacilly photography festival, Baden, Austria

2023 Nowhere Near, Out of frame, Villa Altieri, Rome, Italy

2022 Nowhere Near, Korridor – Preis für Dokumentarfotografie, solo show, Innsbruck, Austria

2022 Questo mare è pieno di voci, questo cielo è pieno di visioni, Leica Gallerie Milano, group show, Milano, Italy

2022 Nowhere Near, Portici public exhibition, via Vittorio Emmanuele II, group exhibition, Torino, Italy 

2022 Nowhere Near, Fisheye gallery, group show, Paris, France

2022 Nowhere Near, In-Cadaques, group show, Cadaques, Spain

2022 Nowhere Near, La Gacilly photography festival, prix Nouvelles écritures de la photographie environnementale, group show, La Gacilly, France

2022 Nowhere Near, (Un)Settled - migration stories in the 21st century by World Press Photo foundation, Novi Sad Liberty Square, group show, Novi Sad, Serbia

2022 Nowhere Near, Eyes on Tomorrow, Italian Culture Institute, group show, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia 

2021 Nowhere Near, Casa dos Cubos, group show, Tomar, Portugal 

2021 Nowhere Near, Encontros da Imagem, solo show, Braga, Portugal

2021 Where the sons of eternity singing, Planches Contact, Tremplin Jeunes Talents, artist -in-residency program, group show, Deauville, France

2021 Nowhere Near, Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Cortona on the Move, group show, Cortona, Italy

2021 Nowhere Near, Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Fotografia Europea, group show, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2021 Nowhere Near, World Press Photo, group show, worldwide exhibitions

2021 Alien Life Form, Dis-connessi, Istituto degli innocenti, group show, Florence, Italy

2021 I guess this river never knew, RIVA, Murate Art District, group show, Florence, Italy

2021 Sleeping Pill, The World Within, Photo Brussels 05, Hangar gallery, group show, Brussels, Belgium

2019 Nowhere Near, Ph museum Women Photographers Grant, PhotoVogue, group show, Milano, Italy

2019 Nowhere Near, Cortona On the Move, Premio Canon Young Photographers, group show, Cortona, Italy

2019 Nowhere Near, Les Rencontres d’Arles, opening night projection, group show, Arles, France

2019 Nowhere Near, Blob art gallery, Premio Combat, group show, Livorno, Italy

2017 Shared environment, Leica Store Florence, group show, Florence, Italy

 

Awards

2023 Nowhere Near, Helsinki photo festival, winner

2023 Nowhere Near, Lensculture Portrait Award, finalist

2023 Nowhere Near, Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival, winnner

2023 High fire in the forest heart, Leica Oscar Barnack Award nominee

2023 Nowhere Near, Felix Schoeller Photo Award, finalist

2023 Nowhere Near, CAP Centre for African Photography prize, finalist

2022 Nowhere Near, UNSTUCK grant, Magenta Foundation, winner

2022 Nowhere Near, Korridor – Preis für Dokumentarfotografie Innsbruck, winner

2022 Nowhere Near, In-Cadaques, finalist

2022 High fire in the forest’s heart, Cortona on the move award, finalist

2022 High fire in the forest's heart, Aftermath project Grant, finalist

2021 High fire in the forest’s heart, Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Newcomers award nominee

2021 Nowhere Near, Premio Francesco Fabbri, finalist

2021 Nowhere Near, OD-photo prize, shortlisted

2021 Nowhere Near, ISPA Italian Sustainability Award, finalist

2021 Nowhere Near, Bird in Flight, finalist

2021 Nowhere Near, World Press Photo, Portraits Series, winner

2021 Nowhere near, BUP book award, shorlisted

2021 Nowhere Near, Intersection Vol.1, finalist

2021 Nowhere Near, Gomma Grant, finalist

2020 Sleeping Pill, the World Within, Hangar gallery, laureate

2020 Nowhere Near, Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Newcomers award nominée

2019 Nowhere Near, Winner of Zine Tonic book Award

2019 Nowhere Near, Photolux Award, shortlisted

2019 Nowhere Near, PH museum Women Photographers Grant, shortlisted

2019 Nowhere Near, Canon Young Photographers Award, winner

2019 Nowhere Near, photography section of Premio Combat, winner

 

Publications

2022 La meraviglia del possibile, LUISS press, 2 issue, FULU MIZIKI

2022 20er magazine, Nowhere Near, January issue, cover story

2022 Fisheye Magazine, Nowhere Near, May issue

2022 D la Repubblica, Nowhere Near, 15.01.2022 

2021 D la Repubblica, Alien life form, Next Generation issue, 17.04.2021

2021 Dis-connessi, Alien life form, Istituto degli innocenti, Catalogue

2021 Giovane Fotografia Italiana, Nowhere Near, Fotografia Europea, Catalogue

2021 The World Within, Sleeping Pill, Photo Brussels 05, Catalogue

2021 RIVA, Murate Art District, I guess this river never knew, Catalogue

2021 LFI Magazine, Nowhere Near, February - March 2021 issue, cover story

2020 Phmuseum blog, The hope and heartache of African migrants, Nowhere Near

2020 LFI Magazine, Sleeping Pill, April 2020, issue

2020 Internazionale Extra Foto, Sleeping Pill,  spring 2020

2019 D-Young special issue, Nowhere Near, 30.03.2019

Talks and lectures

2023 A fair and balanced representation of asylum seekers and refugees in the media, Charter of Rome, Trieste, IT

2023 Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Creative Light course, Florence, IT

2022 Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Creative and Technical writing for artistic practise course (12 h), Florence, IT

2021 University of Minnesota, Guest lecture on documentary photography, Florence, IT

2021 Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Orientation lecture for the third year students, Florence, IT

2021 Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Photography for human rights, Bologna, IT

2021 World Press Photo Expert Talk, Aethetics and Composition in documentary

Interviews and online publications

2022 URBANAUTICA https://urbanautica.com/interview/alisa-martynova-nowhere-near/2555

2021 Internazionale online https://www.internazionale.it/notizie/giovanna-d-ascenzi/2021/07/23/galassie-vicine-alisa-martynova

2021 Seeds of Florence https://seedsofflorence.it/discovery/intervista-a-alisa-martynova-vincitrice-al-photo-contest-2021/

2021 Leica Fotografie International online https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/en/blog/alisa-martynova-nowhere-near-2377.html

2021 Leica Fotografie International online https://lfi-online.de/ceemes/en/blog/alisa-martynova-somewhere-in-the-mountains-somewhere-in-the-sea-2501.html

2020 Leica Camera https://leica-camera.blog/2020/07/20/sleeping-pill/

2020 Ph Museum https://phmuseum.com/news/hope-heartache-african-migrants

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