About. Ksenia Maksimova

Ksenia Maksimova is an independent documentary photographer and photojournalist. Born in Cheboksary, Russia. She lives and works in St. Petersburg and the Chuvash Republic. In her personal projects, she explores the themes of traumatic experience and cultural memory. She studied at the course of modern photography at the Rodchenko School and graduated from the course of documentary photography and photojournalism of the School of Contemporary Photography “Docdoсdoc”. Ksenia’s photo zine “The Poles” was shown at book festivals in St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Khabarovsk and other cities of Russia. Ksenia’s works were published in Takie Dela, Novaya Vkladka, Republic.ru, OVD-Info, Mediazone, Holod and others.

Exhibitions& Awards

2024 — Pictures of the Year Asia 2024, Award of Excellence.
2024 — Urbanautica Institute Awards 2024, shortlisted.
2024 — Biennale of Student Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2023 — The Independent Photographer Open Call Award, honorable mention.
2023 — Exhibition of artist’s book and zines “Samizdal”, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2023 — Exhibition of author’s photobooks and zines “Izdali”, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2023 — Exhibition of photobooks and zines “Razvorot”, Voronezh, Russia.
2023 — Festival of self-publishing “Zin-zin”, Khabarovsk, Russia.
2023 — Group artist-talk Nizinafest.
2023 — The Festival of zines and photo books Nizinafest, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2023 — Exhibition of photobooks and zines “Zherdela”, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. 


The Library of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia)
Nizina Library (St.Petersburg, Russia)


The Independent Photographer, Takie dela, Novaya Vkladka, OVD-Info, Holod, Republic.ru, Mediazone, Zapovednik, Sota, Discourse


2023 — “Docdocdoc”, School of Contemporary Photography. Course “Documentary Photography and Photojournalism”.
2022 — Rodchenko School. Course “Contemporary Photography and Visual Culture”.