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
Website www.shanidze.com/en/index.php

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

Biography[edit]

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.

Awards[edit]

  • 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]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://prophotos.ru/inspiration/15675-short-list-premii-luchshiy-fotograf-kontseptualnaya-i-abstraktnaya-fotografiya

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