Svetlana Bulatova documentary photographer


Svetlana Bulatova is an independent documentary photographer. Svetlana is working on a documentary series, mainly in medium format. She works individually and focuses on long-term projects. Currently lives and works in St.Petersburg.

Svetlana is a graduate specialist in historical studies. She proceeded to develop her interest in social studies and various communities. Since 2016 Svetlana has been working in the North Caucasus. In 2018 Svetlana joined to Women Photograph organization. Now she is a member of the Women Photograph Advisory Committee (East Europe).
Svetlana's works were published in National Geographic (USA, UK), National Geographic Al Arabiya, Reuters, British Journal of Photography, Bloomberg, EEP Berlin, Analog Magazine, Roads & Kingdoms, Here Magazine,  Russian Reporter, Novaya Gazeta, Takie Dela, Afisha Daily and among others.


Selected Awards, Nominations & Exhibitions


2024 Nominee of the Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Foundation
2023 Winner Open Call "Behind the scenes of current affairs"
2023 Group exhibition, the 2nd Quanzhou (Huaguang) International Image, Biennial & Fujian Huaguang Photographic Art Museum Featured Exhibition
2023 Finalist of the contest Picture of the Year Asia
2021 Winner Open call "Inception", Grandmama's Print
2020 Nominee of the Leica Oscar Barnack contest
2019 Nominee of the 6x6 Global Talent Program World Press Photo Foundation
2019 Group exhibition, Suwon International Photo Festival
2019 Finalist of the contest International Photography Grant
2019 Festival OFF Bratislava, group exhibition "Between"
2019 Biennale of the modern Caucasian art, Artplay Gallery
2019 Festival Batumi PhotoDays, main exhibition "Mirror Land"
2018 Finalist of the contest "Direct Look"
2017 The Moscow International Emerging Photography and Photobook Festival "Photobookfest", shortlist, Moscow, Russia
2016 The best graduation work, The Academy of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Fotografika, St. Petersburg, Russia
2016 The Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest/ 2nd prize "Portrait. A Hero of Our Time", Moscow, Russia


2021 NOOR-Nikon Academy Masterclasses with Pep Bonet, Jon Lowenstein, Sanne de Wilde

2017 NOOR-Nikon visual journalism workshop "Developing your Transmedia & Long-term Project" with Pep Bonet and Kadir van Lohuizen, Bayeux, France

2016 - 2017 Danish School of Media and Journalism  workshop "Next To Me" with Mads Nissen and Mads Greve, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 - 2016 Academy documentary photography and photojournalism Fotografika, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013 - 2015 Faculty of Photojournalism, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009 - 2015 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia


2022 Views Competitions, Russia
2021 IACC Competitions, Canada

Artist talk

2023 Verbatim Festival, Voronezh, Russia
2023 State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO, St.Petersburg, Russia
2023 New Stage Alexandrinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg, Russia
2022 Surat Studio, Makhachkala, Dagestan
2022 Gallery A - YA, St.Petersburg, Russia
2020 Higher School of Economics, National Research University, St. Petersburg, Russia
2019 The Academy of documentary photography and photojournalism Fotografika, St. Petersburg, Russia


since 2023 The School of Academic Photography, St.Petersburg, Russia
since 2017 The Academy of documentary photography and photojournalism Fotografika, St. Petersburg, Russia