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Irakliy Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze was born in Tbilisi in 1968. Photography became his passion when he was twelve years old, and it has remained that way throughout his life. early on, the artist's photographic interests quickly narrowed to fine art nudes and psychedelic glamour. After finishing high school, he began moving in this direction.

In 1985 Irakly began working as a photojournalist for regional military newspaper (while on military duty), and for the newspaper of Moscow State Universuty (while working towards a masters degree in Biochemistry).

Irakly came to the United States in 1993 as a graduate student. At first, he had little time for photography. Eventually, however, he resumed his photo activities, and gradually photography began to consume most of his free time again.

Now Irakly shoots mostly in his home studio, claiming he is too spoiled to withstand the rough conditions of the great outdoors.

Over the years, Irakly, never taking his artisticwork too seriously, has simply gone with the flow. By going with the flow, however, he has managed to leave a notable artistic manner trail.

Now Irakly has exhibited his work in fourteen one-person and group shows, and has published more than a hundred photographs and numerous articles in American and Russian photo magazines and web sites.  


Dirty Show Detroit; special guest artist; 2’2011

Personal exhibition, Acacao, St. Petersburg, Russia, 11’2010

Fotoloft jointly with Art Moscow, Moscow, Russia; personal show, 9-10’2010

Embassy of the Ukraine, Tokyo, Japan, 5-8’2010

Personal exhibition, Leica Center “Яркий мир”, St. Petersburg, Russia; 5’2010

Rituals Around The World. Manezh Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, 8’2009

LFI Magazine, Leica Story permanent collection, 5’2009

Free Range Photo http://www.redmarines.com/freerangephoto/; 9’2008

LFI Magazine, Leica Master Shots permanent collection, 9’2008

International Photo Festival in Estremos, Portugal http://www.appaf.eu; curator, 9’2008

Fotoloft, Moscow, Russia; featured artist for the first issue of Portfolio Magazine, 6’2008

Dirty Show Detroit http://www.dirtyshow.org; special quest artist, 2’2008

Fotoloft, Moscow, Russia; permanent collection 11’2007

Univers d’Artistes; featured artist, 11’2007

International Photofestival in Estremoz, Portugal; principal artist 11’2007

Severance Gallery, Detroit 7’2007

Redd Apple Gallery, Detroit 5'2006

Festival of Contemporary Photography, Centre of Contemporary Art “Vinzavod”, Moscow; featured artist, 5’2007

Panhorama Gallery, Tempere, Finland; personal show 5’2007

Chaplin Club, St. Petersburg, Russia; show “Fine Play” 10’2003

Michael Mullan’s Gallery, London ON Canada; group show 8’2003

Royal Oak Main Theater, Royal Oak, MI USA; personal show 5’2003

“Foto-island”, Moscow; Personal show , 3’2003

Studio Center, Ann Arbor; exhibition “Russian Eye”, principal artist, 3’2003



Professional Nomination, B&W Spider Awards 2010

Best Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Magazine Readers Poll, 2'2011

Best Photographer, Real Detroit Weekly Magazine Readers Poll, 4’2009

First Prize, SPJ Excellence Award (Michigan chapter) 5’2008

Russian Photographer of the Year 2007, Fine Art Nomination. http://www.artindex.spb.ru

Professional Nomination, B&W Spider Awards 2006

Special Prize, “Forema”, Moscow 2006

Special Award "The most original work", Международный конкурс Sony “Like.No.Other.”, Москва, Россия 2005

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