Irakly Shanidze

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Irakly Shanidze
Irakly Shanidze 2.jpg
Born Irakly Shanidze
(1968-10-18) October 18, 1968 (age 48)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Education Moscow State University
University of Michigan
Known for Photography
Notable work

Irakly Shanidze (born October 18, 1968) is an advertising, fashion, portrait photographer.


Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze was born in Tbilisi in 1968. He was graduated from the Chemistry Department Moscow State University with MS in Chemical Enzymology. In 1993, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, US, where he pursued PhD in Pharmacology/Molecular Biology at Wayne State University and then MPH/MHSA in University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Concurrently he studied at New York Institute of Photography and was graduated in 2000.

Photography became a part of Irakly's life at the age of 12 after he received a pre-war Reflex Korelle from his grandfather as a gift. While studying at Moscow State University he contributed to the University newspaper "Вестник Московского Университета."[translation?] When on a military duty (1987–1989), Irakly held a position of a staff photojournalist at a regional military newspaper "Слава Родины".

In 2000, Irakly opened a photo studio in Detroit, USA. In 2004, he partnered with Pavel Kiselev to open International Academy of Photographic Arts.[1] In 2004–2007, he was commissioned by a mime theater "Лицедеи"[2]

Irakly Shanidze's fine art work has found a place in permanent collections of Fotoloft Gallery, Moscow,[3][4] River Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, Michigan.[5] His photos have been shown at the State Exhibition Center Manezh, St. Petersburg,[6] The Museum of Russian Art (MORA)[7]

As an advertising photographer, he has performed jobs for such multinational corporations as Japan Tobacco International, Lexar Microsystems, Inc.,[8] Leica Camera AG.

He published a number of articles on Photography,[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Irakly's photography features multiple unusual techniques that he himself invented, or perfected.He creates his Images with minimal, or no digital post-production by employing mirrors, subversive lighting setups, etc.

He is one of the few photographers in the world who relies exclusively on Leica M camera equipment for his advertising work.

Professional projects in the field of Advertising Photography vary between the 'straight' (though rarely totally so) style of well-lit and executed studio work and the intricate application to commercial purposes of his subversive and symbolic style, sometimes involving complex pseudo-real setups intended to imbue the product with the spontaneity and style of street life. His recent collection of images created for Japan Tobacco International as a symbolic representation of their brand "Sobranie" showcases the latter.[15]

Much of his personal work is most tidily described as 'street' though it is in fact rather different from classical street photography in that he places greater emphasis on the imagined and the surreal. Whether it is a series of images in which strangers on the subway gradually emerge as spies,[16] or individual images in which found scenes take on allegorical overtones as a result of the manner in which their elements are juxtaposed, nothing in Shanidze's work is ever what it immediately seems. Whether subtly mocking a classical painting or using strongly symbolic elements, Shanidze invites the viewer to subvert his own views of the real in the process of decoding the surreal.[17][18][19][20]

At the time of writing Shanidze has exhibited his work in more that twenty personal and group shows in the USA, Canada and Russia. He has published more than a hundred photographs and numerous articles in American and Russian magazines and web sites. He is a founder of the International Academy of Photographic Arts, and a visiting professor at Moscow Academy of Photography where he actively teaches the artistic side of photography online. He also holds seminars and workshops across the US and Europe.

Currently resides and works in Detroit, Michigan, US. Recently his interest shifted heavily towards visual representation of classical dance. Among his clients are: Ballet Detroit Foundation, ArtlabJ and accomplished performers such as Alisa Sodoleva (Mariinsky Theatre), Keenan Kampa (Mariinsky Theatre, Boston Ballet), Viktoria Ananyan (Dutch National Opera and Ballet), Patricia Zhou (Berlin National Ballet), Olga Pavlova (formerly Bolshoi Theatre), Anton Korsakov (Mariinsky Theatre), Sergei Sidorsky (Kiev Theatre of Opera and Ballet), Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre). Editor-in-chief "Moving with Detroit magazine"


Shanidze participated at more than twenty personal and collective exhibitions, in several countries (USA, Canada, Russia, Finland, Portugal, etc.).

  • 2014 Empire of absurd; Khabarovsk 6'2014 [18]
  • Dirty Show Detroit; special quest artist, 2'2011 [19] [20]
  • River Edge Gallery, Wyandotte MI USA, 1 '2011 [21]
  • PhotoVoice Auction 2011 Preview Exhibition 11 2011 PhotoVoice Auction 2011 Preview Exhibition lot 65
  • Personal exhibition, Acacao, St. Petersburg, Russia, 11'2010
  • Fotoloft jointly with Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia; personal show, 9-10'2010 [22]
  • Embassy of the Ukraine, Tokyo, Japan, 5-8'2010
  • Personal exhibition, Leica Center "Яркий мир", St. Petersburg, Russia; 5'2010 [26]
  • Rituals Around The World. Manezh Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, 8'2009[21][22]
  • LFI Magazine, Leica Story permanent collection, 5'2009 [27]
  • Free Range Photo; 9'2008 [28]
  • International Photo Festival in Estremos, Portugal; curator, 9'2008
  • Fotoloft, Moscow, Russia; featured artist for the first issue of Portfolio Magazine, 6'2008 [29]
  • Dirty Show Detroit; special quest artist, 2'2008 [30] [31]
  • Fotoloft, Moscow, Russia; permanent collection 11'2007 [32]
  • Univers d'Artistes; featured artist, 11'2007 [33]
  • International Photofestival in Estremoz, Portugal; principal artist 11'2007
  • Severance Gallery, Detroit 7'2007
  • Festival of Contemporary Photography, Centre of Contemporary Art "Vinzavod", Moscow; featured artist, 5'2007 [34]
  • Panhorama Gallery, Tempere, Finland; personal show 5'2007 [35] [36] [37]
  • Chaplin Club, St. Petersburg, Russia; show "Fine Play" 10'2003 [38]
  • Michael Mullan's Gallery, London ON Canada; group show 8'2003
  • Royal Oak Main Theater, Royal Oak, MI USA; personal show 5'2003
  • "Foto-island", Moscow; Personal show, 3'2003
  • Studio Center, Ann Arbor; exhibition "Russian Eye", principal artist, 3'2003
  • Michael Mullans Gallery, London, ON Canada, guest artist 2002



  • Irakly Shanidze, "Photography: The Art Of Deception. How to reveal the truth by deceiving the eye". Amherst Media Publishing, 2016 [39]
  • News from the Leica M World ADVENT CALENDAR 12'2014 [40]
  • С легким парусом: яхты как инструмент для тимбилдинга [41] Forbes 8'2014
  • Irakly Shanidze, photo Keenan Kampa. Teen Vogue US 11'2013
  • Irakly Shanidze, photo Keenan Kampa. Glamour Spain 12'2013
  • Gary Avanesyan, Pavel Dolezhal, Irakly Shanidze, Ed Tevosov. "Snipers in Love", Prague 2003 ISBN 80-86315-07-X
  • Irakly Shanidze, Portfolio Fotoloft Magazine [42] [43]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Портрет в фуражке с поросёнком", Siberian Photo 6'2001
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Макрофотография", Siberian Photo 1'2002
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Управление цветами в цифровой фотографии", Siberian Photo, 2'2002
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Телеобъективы. Фотография для сильных и состоятельных", Siberian Photo 3'2002
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Десять советов начинающему фотографу", Siberian Photo 4'2002
  • Evgeny Safian, Irakly Shanidze, "Сплит-тонирование вчера и сегодня", Siberian Photo 6'2002
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Contax N Digital", Siberian Photo 1'2003
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Contax N Digital" (English translation) [44]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Гламур в фотографии", Siberian Photo 6'2003
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Canon EOS 10D", PRO Photo (5–6) 2003, Moscow, Russia
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Фабрика ангелов", PRO Photo, (7) 2003, Moscow, Russia
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Leica Digilux 2", PRO Photo 6(16) 2004
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Костюм", "Rolex Oyster Perpetual"; Сборник "Совершенно Несерьезно", коллектив авторов под эгидой [45], 2006
  • Irakly Shanidze, "The Elements of Style", [46]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Tulip of Passion", [47]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Digital Technologies in Teaching Photography", [48]
  • Pavel Kiselev, Irakly Shanidze, "Photography as a Way of Life", [49]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Camera and Photographic Style", [50]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Camera and Photographic Style" (Russian translation), [51]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Carl Zeiss ZM For Image Connoisseurs", [52]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Perfume Photography", [53]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Композиция и зрительная гармония", Digital Photo, 2.2006, Москва, Россия
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Империя абсурда", Free Time, 4'2010, Moscow, Russia [54]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Япония: Вчера. И завтра", Sharp magazine, 4.2011, Moscow, Russia [55]
  • Irakly Shanidze, "Photography: The Art of Deception: How to Reveal the Truth by Deceiving the Eye" Amherst Media (November 15, 2016), ISBN 168203092X, ISBN 978-1682030929 [56]



  1. ^ [1] International Academy of Photographic Arts
  2. ^ Licedei theater
  3. ^ FotoLoft Gallery
  4. ^ Fotografie International photo stories permanent collection
  5. ^ River Edge Gallery
  6. ^ [2] Manez
  7. ^ The Museum Of Russian Art
  8. ^ [3] Lexar
  9. ^ [4] Журнал Российское фото
  10. ^ [5] Журнал Российское Фото
  11. ^ [6] Журнал Российское Фото
  12. ^ [7] Lexar Digital Photography
  13. ^ [8] Lexar Digital Photography
  14. ^ [9] Lexar Digital Photography
  15. ^ [10] Sobranie Calendar
  16. ^ [11] spies of moscow underground
  17. ^ [12] ИА REGNUM
  18. ^ [13] Журнал Фотодело
  19. ^ [14] Восток Медиа
  20. ^ [15] Signature Magazin (Page 14-15)
  21. ^ Еще одна серия американского фотографа Ираклия Шанидзе
  22. ^ Photo & Video magazin
  23. ^
  24. ^ List of award winners (PDF), Super Circuit website.
  25. ^ [16] Professional NominationSilhouette
  26. ^ "Real Best of Detroit 2011-Arts & Culture", Real Detroit Weekly.
  27. ^ "Detroit Art City: The Real Best of Detroit 2009", Real Detroit Weekly Magazine
  28. ^ Professional Nomination Nude
  29. ^ "Победителем номинации «Художественая фотография» стала работа Ираклия Шанидзе
  30. ^ [17]
  31. ^ "Leica Fotografie International Editor's Choice Award

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