Svetlana Bulatova documentary photographer


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

Svetlana Bulatova was born in 1991. She is a graduate specialist in historical studies. Svetlana proceeded to develop her interest in social studies and various communities. Since 2016 Svetlana has been working in the North Caucasus. Her previous experience led her to the South Caucasus. The focus of her attention is on overcoming the aftermath of war conflicts. She explores these opportunities through documentary photography. 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, Calvert Journal, Spectrum News, EEP Berlin, Analog Magazine, Scena9, Roads & Kingdoms, Here Magazine, The Morning Calm, Autism Parenting Magazine, Russian Reporter, Novaya Gazeta, Takie Dela, Seanse Magazine, Glasnaya Media and among others.


Selected Awards, Nominations & Exhibitions


2023 Winner Open Call "Behind the scenes of current affairs", Chai Khana Media, Tbilisi, Georgia
2023 Group exhibition, the 2nd Quanzhou (Huaguang) International Image, Biennial & Fujian Huaguang Photographic Art Museum Featured Exhibition, China
2023 Finalist of the contest Picture of the Year Asia
2022 Festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, photobook "A Wild Animal Never Attacks first. Human Does", Arles, France
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, South Korea
2019 Finalist of the contest International Photography Grant
2019 Festival OFF Bratislava, group exhibition "Between", Bratislava, Slovakia
2019 Biennale of the modern Caucasian art. Artplay gallery, Moscow, Russia
2019 Festival Batumi PhotoDays, main exhibition "Mirror Land", Batumi, Georgia
2019 Festival Riga Photomonth, Riga, Latvia
2018 Finalist of the contest "Direct Look", Moscow, Russia
2018 Group exhibition "Off Limits", gallery “Material Evidence”, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 Finalist of the contest "Young people in the 21st century" (Honorable mention), Lithuania
2018 Finalist of the International Festival Odesa Photo Days 2018, Odesa, Ukraine
2017 The Moscow international emerging photography and photobook festival "Photobookfest", shortlist, Moscow, Russia
2017 "New Spread" Book Exhibition, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia
2017 Finalist of the competition "Baltic biennial", group exhibition, Kaliningrad, 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
2015 Winner in the Multimedia Category of Competition "Young photographers of Russia", Puschino, Russia


2021 State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO
2019 Tiflology Museum, Owińska, Poland


2017 NOOR-Nikon visual journalism workshop "Developing your Transmedia & Long-term Project" with Pep Bonet and Kadir van Lohuizen, Bayeux, France
2016/17 Danish School of Media and Journalism  workshop "Next To Me" with Mads Nissen and Mads Greve, Copenhagen, Denmark


2021 NOOR-Nikon Academy Masterclasses with Pep Bonet, Jon Lowenstein, Sanne de Wilde
2015/16 Academy documentary photography and photojournalism Fotografika, St.Petersburg, Russia
2013/15 Faculty of Photojournalism, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009/2015 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia


2022 Views Competitions, Russia
2021 IACC Competitions, Canada

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2023 School of academic photography, St.Petersburg, Russia
2023 State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO
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
2019 State Library for the Blind, St. Petersburg, Russia


since 2023 School of academic photography, St.Petersburg, Russia
since 2021 TAK school, St.Petersburg, Russia
since 2017 The Academy of documentary photography and photojournalism Fotografika, St. Petersburg, Russia