Hey there! Thanks for visiting the site. People call me Smokey (long story) and I photograph because I can't paint. I'm obsessed about how we function and itch to capture the most private folds of our DNA without asking any questions or research. I came across a portrait of Sartre by Henri-Cartier Bresson and that's how the obsession of photographing amazing human beings started (and by amazing I don't mean just famous).
Just like you, I'm obsessed with so many things, it impossible to narrow it down, right ?! ... But if I had to pick, I'd say I definitely can't live without New York, my friends, cinema, Otto Dix, Smalls jazz bar in West Village, theatre, shoes, BBC radio, Louis Kahn, the sound of French and Italian, Nina Simone (nothing better than her), Rachmaninov (genius), The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac & Eminem (legends) and all other tunes I'm crazy about; then there is Kieslowski, Messerschmidt, Kundera and Richard Ford, Dostoevsky, The Dick Cavett show, Tarkovsky, Woody Allen, Malle, Scorsese and so much more! But above all I can't live without my mum's borsch! Mum Rules!
Below is the official info about me written by my lovely representation....read on or better still, skip it and check out my work! Merci & see you around xx Smokey
RUSSIAN BY NAME AND RUSSIAN BY NATURE, ALINA'S UNCOMPROMISING EYE EVOKES CINEMATIC EUROPEAN SENTIMENT IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM SHE CREATES.
Having won numerous awards and nominations for her photography work, Alina earned a nomination for the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions for her directorial debut commercial ‘3 Fat Babushkas’. Alina's images are immediately recognised for their cinematic element telling a whole story in one frame.
Alina’s visual art work has garnered a host of domestic and international awards, nominations and exhibitions including international recognition culminated with gold at the London Photographic Association’s 2012 Portraiture competition.
Editorial, advertising print campaigns and art photography, all focusing on portraiture, is what Alina shoots. Alina has shot editorial, print campaigns and directed commercials for HBO, GQ, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Madame Figaro, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Vogue Living, Indesign, Good Weekend, Company Director, Habitus, Indesign, Monument and many other leading publications; Grey (New York), Clemenger BBDO, Ogilvy, Havas, BMF, Tribeca Film, Sparks & Honey, Universal Music, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Warner Bros, MTV, Yahoo NYC (Beauty & Style); key art print campaigns for HBO, ABC, SBS, Channel 9 and numerous feature films, TV series and theatre productions.
Her celebrity portraiture has captured Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Emile Sherman, and shoots with Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone, Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Michael Shannon, Christina Ricci, Christine Lagarde, Frank Lowy, South Park's legends Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Pascal Dangin, Bryan Brown, Yael Stone, Brenton Thwaites, Natasha Bassett, Lina Esco to mention a few.
She has been invited to teach masterclasses at the New York Film Academy in NYC, the Australian Centre of Photography and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Alina had her first solo exhibition LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL in New York in 2015 and is currently gearing up for her second solo exhibition AT YOUR DOOR to open in NYC in October this year. Her other new body of work The Last Snow of New York is due top open as a solo exhibition in Sydney in August this year.
She is also working on CON (Confessions of New York) - a photography and video project capturing people in NY from all walks of life sharing their inner most secrets as well as a book project THE STORIES OF THE HEART.