Mary Gelman

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Mary Gelman


Mary Gelman is a Russian photographer based in Saint Petersburg. In 2016, she received a BA in sociology, and at the same time, she graduated from the School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc (Saint Petersburg). She was a participant in various international and local workshops. She works as a photojournalist and teacher. The most important part of her professional life is personal projects. She explores the larger world through close personal narratives. Mary focuses on a study of issues of gender and body, boundary and identity, discrimination and the human relationship with the environment.

Mary won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2018, Portraits – Hellerau Photography Award Artist in Residence Prize 2019, Istanbul Photo Awards, Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest and others. Her works have been exhibited at Paris Photo in Paris, at the European Center for the Arts in Dresden, and also, she has had many exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Turkey, Lithuania, and Russia.

Mary Gelman’s photography has been published in The Washington PostNational GeographicInternazionale, Buzzfeed, and other international magazines.