Evgenia Arbugaeva

ICP Curator Pauline Vermare Talks to the 2015 Infinity Awards Recipient for Young Photographer
Apr 30, 2015
From the series Weather Man, 2014. © Evgenia Arbrugaeva.
From the series Weather Man, 2014. © Evgenia Arbrugaeva.

How long have you been a photographer?

Six years.

What did you study in school?

I studied management at the University of Moscow, and in 2009 I graduated from the ICP's Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program.

What inspired your turn to photography?

Growing up, I always wanted to be a painter, but when I discovered photography I fell in love with the medium immediately.

How did the Weather Man story come about?

In 2013, I took a two-month journey on board an icebreaker ship that delivers supplies to hard-to-reach Arctic meteorological stations. One day our ship stopped at Hodovarikha station and I met Slava, the station chief. I was mesmerized by him and the atmosphere of the place and returned to Slava’s station twice more the next year.

How do you use new technologies and social media in your work?

I’m not very active in social media.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working in Tanzania with a group of anthropologists. It’s a new experience for me, very interesting. I am curious about their work methods and the process of building the story.

A few words about ICP and its place in the world of photography?

For me, ICP will forever be the most special place where I discovered the world of photography.

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