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Maria Pleshkova works on the border between art and documentary photography. Maria was born in 1986 in Moscow. Currently, she moves between Moscow and Paris.
Maria graduated from the Law Faculty of Moscow State University, but her career in law wasn't long because of her passion for photography. Later, Maria studied Photojournalism at Moscow State University and Short Film Production at School of Visual Arts (Moscow). She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop (USA) in 2012 and the International Summer School of Photography (Latvia) in 2014.
Maria began her career as a photojournalist, but later moved towards personal deep projects. In her work, Maria explores the Microcosm, the human universe, and certain moments of the highest intensity of life. Maria's recent projects are mostly autobiographical, but for her the autobiography is just an excuse to talk about things which are universal and common to all humankind. Maria experiments with the limits of photography, adding to her projects texts and drawings, and making multimedia.
Maria has won several international photography awards including China Press Photo Contest, Young Russian Photographers Contest, Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3), and became a finalist of the Inge Morath Award and the International Photography Awards. Her work was shown at several international festivals including Seville European Film Festival (Seville, Spain), Photography Open Salon (Arles, France), Circulation(s) Festival of young European photography (Paris, France), La Quatrième Image Photo Fair (Paris, France), Tbilisi Photo Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia), Photovisa International Festival of Photography (Krasnodar, Russia), Transizioni International Festival of Multimedia (Bologna, Italy), etc.
In 2014, Maria was invited to be a resident at the Cité internationale des Arts (Paris, France).
Maria Pleshkova is a member of the studio hans lucas since 2016.