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Alexey Pivovarov, photographer

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Alexey Pivovarov was born in 1980 in Chelyabinsk, capital of the region of the South Urals at the far border between Europe and Asia. During his studies in photography and cinematography at the University of Arts in St. Petersburg, he developed his love of photography, which was nourished by some teachers and by the works of artists like Viktor Gruber. Upon graduation he moved to Italy, where he was noticed by Gianni Berengo Gardin: in 2004 Gardin awarded him in the "Young Talents" competition sponsored by Corriere della Sera in Milan. The year after he met Gueorgyi Pinkhassov, member of the Magnum agency, who pushed him to research new techniques and themes.

In 2005 Alexey decided to engage in photojournalism and was published by several leading Italian and international newspapers and magazines (D of La Reppublica, L'Espresso, Newsweek and Le Monde). In the same years he began to travel across Italy and to develop his personal view of reality and life. Hence the project Tour d'Italie, a visionary and disenchanted tale of Italian cities supported by National Geographic and exhibited in Rome, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in 2008. In 2009 the pictures of Milan were also part of the exhibition curated by Aldo Bonomi "La città Fragile" (The Fragile City) at Milan Triennale; they were also chosen for Bit 2010 and Expo 2015. Alongside all this, Alexey worked on the condition and the life of immigrants in Italy and his pictures were selected by Valerio Castronovo for "Album Italiano 2007" (Italian Album 2007), published by Laterza. From his long trip from Trieste to Chelyabinsk (Russia) he developed the project Winter Meditation, exhibited in Milan at the gallery Open Mind in February 2010.

Alexey's works appeared in Marie Clair, Courrier International, National Geographic, Russian Reporter, Il Sole 24Ore, D Repubblica delle Donne, l'Espresso. During the time spent in Russia, Alexey's new photographic journey aimed to reveal the changes taking place in the countries of the former Soviet republics. Starting from the economic and political data (which led to the reportage in South Ossetia, in the "Dark City" of Baku, and in the Muslumovo) his gaze focused on human beings and the environment, investigating the forms of human sociality and sustainable alternatives. His main interest lies in the search for a balance between nature and progress. Lately (since 2013) Alexey has been dealing with Indian Babas, spending months in some "ashrams" both in India and in Nepal, the country that is now on the news around the world for the recent natural and humanitarian catastrophe.

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