ANNA А |  photographer 

Anna A is my artistic name. My family's name is Afanasjeva.

I deeply love my family and dedicate my work to my dad, who passed away, but whose support I still always feel behind my back.

 

I grew up in a small Siberian town called Tomsk. 

Right there I began my career and creative path as a photographer. I always believed that hard work and dedication can open all doors. So step by step I started to discover the world around me and build my work in various cities and countries.

This experience and knowledge led me to the skill of helping novice photographers and artists to believe in themselves and make their art stronger.

PHILOSOPHY 

 

I always follow the idea that art and photography can help people appreciate life moments and concentrate on the most important human values. 

Pictures are more than just photos. It's our memories, it's a powerful and inspirational resource for making our life more conscious and meaningful. 

I’m sure that photography is a therapeutic and deep psychological thing, it's about getting honest connections and real conversations between people. 

I tend to think out of the box, always open to experience, and want to help people feel happiness in all the small details we are looking at around us.

EDUCATION 

 

Tomsk State University 

Faculty of Journalism

Bachelor in Photojournalism’ 2013 

https://www.tsu.ru/

 

Internship Hochschule Hannover, Germany

University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Prof. Rolf Nobel)

https://www.hs-hannover.de/

 

Internship street photography in Istanbul (Prof. Rolf Nobel)

 

EXPERIENCE and AWARDS

 

"I FEEL THE WORLD" 2024

Project with Sacer and UN, IOM Egypt 

Work dedicated to men's mental health, challenging the stereotype of "Boys don't cry". Documentary, photo exhibition, panel discussion, merchandise (T-shirts and bags) with a brand.
The Egyptian National TV channel discussed the project
 

 

“Life through the Eyes of a Migrant” 2022-23

Project for UN, IOM Egypt

15 migrant ladies had been taught how to take pictures with professional cameras

Photo Exhibition at American University, Cairo, Egypt 

Photo Book with pictures taken by migrants and documentaries photographers about participants

Documentary about the project

 

Charity photography work and Master Classes for Sudanese migrants in Egypt

 

Author of Mental Health Photography programs

 

10 years of experience in the event, and reportage industry in Russia and Europe 

Winner Wedding Awards Siberia’18 

Jury member Wedding Awards Siberia’19

https://wedding-awards.pro/

 

Finalist TOP-100 Awards’20 

https://top100awards.ru/

 

The main Photographer in the author's Workshops in MontenegroCappadocia, and Moscow 

Creator of author's project with famous dancer Alexander Mogilev

https://theanna-a.com/skulptura-zhizni

 

Founder online school for photographers 

5 years of teaching experience

 

More than 700 photographers from different countries have graduated my courses 

My students' works 

https://theanna-a.com/masterclasses

 

The exhibition "I FEEL THE WORLD"

Cairo, 2024

Opening of the exhibition of documentary photography for UN, IOM Egypt,

"LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF A MIGRANT"

Cairo, 2023