Irakly Shanidze

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

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


Shanidze was born in Tbilisi in 1968. He graduated from Moscow State University with an MS in chemical enzymology. In 1993, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he pursued a PhD in pharmacology/molecular biology at Wayne State University and then MPH/MHSA at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Concurrently he studied at New York Institute of Photography, graduating in 2000.

At the age of 12 Shanidze 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 ("Moscow University Bulletin"). When on a military duty (1987–1989), he held the position of staff photojournalist at a regional military newspaper "Слава Родины" ("Motherland's Glory").

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

Shanidze's photos have been shown at the State Exhibition Center Manezh, St. Petersburg,[1][not in citation given] and at the Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, New Jersey.[2][dead link]

His professional advertising projects vary between the 'straight' (though rarely totally so) style of well-lit and executed studio work and his subversive and symbolic style, sometimes involving complex pseudo-real setups intended to convey the spontaneity and style of street life. As an advertising photographer, he has worked for Japan Tobacco International, Lexar Microsystems, Inc.,[3] and Leica Camera AG.[citation needed]

Much of his personal work is 'street,' though not classical street photography in that he places emphasis on the imagined and the surreal. Whether it is a series of images in which strangers on the subway gradually emerge as though spies, or individual images in which found scenes take on allegorical overtones as a result of the manner in which their elements are juxtaposed. Whether subtly mocking a classical painting or using strongly symbolic elements, Shanidze invites the viewer to subvert their own views of the real in the process of decoding the surreal.[4][5][dead link][6][7][dead link]

Shanidze has exhibited his work in personal and group shows in the USA, Canada and Russia.[citation needed]

He is a visiting professor at Moscow Academy of Photography where he teaches the artistic side of photography online.[citation needed] He also holds seminars and workshops across the US and Europe.[citation needed]

He lives and works in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Recently his interest shifted to visual representation of classical dance.


  • 2006: Sony International Contest "Like. No. Other.", Special prize for the most original work[citation needed]
  • 2007: Professional Nomination, B&W Spider Awards[8]
  • 2007: Photograph of the year 2007, category photo d'art, agence ArtIndex, Saint Petersburg.[9]
  • 2008: SPJ Excellence Award, First Prize[10]
  • 2009: Best Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll, 2009[11]
  • 2009: Leica Fotografie International Editor's Choice Award[12]
  • 2010: Professional Nomination, B&W Spider Awards[13]
  • 2011: Best Local Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll, 2011[14]
  • 2011: Trierenberg Super Circuit, gold medal portrait category, 2011[15]
  • 2014: Премия "Лучший фотограф". Шорт-лист номинации "Концептуальная фотография"[16]



  1. ^ [1] Manez
  2. ^ The Museum Of Russian Art
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-06.  Lexar
  4. ^ [2] ИА REGNUM
  5. ^ [3] Журнал Фотодело
  6. ^ [4] Восток Медиа
  7. ^ [5] Signature Magazin (Page 14-15)
  8. ^ Professional Nomination Nude Archived January 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Победителем номинации «Художественая фотография» стала работа Ираклия Шанидзе
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Detroit Art City: The Real Best of Detroit 2009 Archived March 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.", Real Detroit Weekly
  12. ^ Leica Fotografie International Editor's Choice Award
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-05.  Professional Nomination Silhouette
  14. ^ "Real Best of Detroit 2011-Arts & Culture Archived February 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.", Real Detroit Weekly
  15. ^ List of award winners Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF), Trierenberg Super Circuit.
  16. ^

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