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Leonid Tishkov

Moscow, Russia

Leonid has travelled from the Arctic to Siberia, New Zealand and Taiwan. He calls it the performance of a lifetime. He lives and works in Moscow, and has also been widely exhibited across Europe and America. A man of limitless talent, Leonid also makes installations and sculptures and is a graphic artist as well as a published author and poet. His work is held by museums around the world including MOMA in New York.

Preferred Style

Poetic Conceptualism

Preferred Camera

Mainly work using a film camera (Mamya 7ii), and for extreme conditions a digital camera (Canon EOS 5D).

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Quick Questions

What type of lighting do you use?

 I only use the electric light from my Private Moon, and then shoot it in a natural environment at nightime.

Describe your design process?

 I first choose a location and take a preliminary photo of it. Then I try to imagine how to make the location as meaningful and poetic as possible before drawing sketches of how it will look with my moon in situ. Finally I sit and wait for the right weather conditions.

Tell us more about your Arctic images featured on Lumitrix?

 I took part in an international expedition in September 2010, together with a group of scientists, writers, musicians and painters. We sailed around Svalbard and Spitsbergen and then north to the Arctic ice edge. Our aim was to raise public awareness for global warming and the fragility of this polar landscape. I wanted to show a beautiful arctic world, where magical things can happen.

What is in your dream fine art photographic collection?

Metaphysical photographs...

What advice would you give younger photographers?

Read and love poetry!

Secret ambition?

 To be a kid again.

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