Fyodor Telkov


Fyodor Telkov was born in 1986 in Nizhniy Tagil, Russia, now is based in Yekaterinburg. Member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia since 2010.

His photographs have been published in GEO, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography, The Calvert Journal, Forbes, Rolling Stone, BBC, among many others.

He had solo and group exhibitions in Russia, United States, Malaysia and China.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Most of my reading is related to my projects. Books help me to explore topics, I often rely on them. One of the recent powerful impressions is the Ossetian Nart Epic. 
I will not be original and say that the Bible is the greatest book.

Most visited blogs, websites?

Basically they are Russian-language sites:
https://arzamas.academy/- This is a terrific website about the culture.
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrSomarte - Here I listen to the speeches of various scientists, and learn a lot, for example, about different ethnic groups.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_A--fhX5gea0i4UtpD99Gg - I love mountain bikes, and here I follow what is happening in the world of the sport.
https://meduza.io/ - And this is a news site.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMCgOm8GZkHp8zJ6l7_hIuA - Here I watch interviews with various modern personalities and begin to understand a little more about the surrounding reality.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram, Messenger, Facebook, Яндекс почта - All of them helps me to communicate and promote me as an artist.
You Tube - Here I look video projects and blogs.
Яндекс переводчик, Duolingo - I almost don't speak English at all, so I need a translator to communicate. The second application is an attempt to learn a language.
Mi Fit - I try to monitor my activity, but still spend a lot of time at the computer. This app is related to my watch with pedometer and it helps me keep fit.

Whats currently on your playlist?

What records would you recommend to hear?

I'm not sure about one album, but I have a favorite musician. I really like all of his projects - he is Jack White.

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Perhaps the Nymphomaniac from Lars von Trier had the most powerful impression on me.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Ai Weiwei in my opinion is one of the most important contemporary artists.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

I do not have a TV at home, I do not watch public channels either on the Internet. It seems to me that television is in a big crisis nowadays.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

I have read the Russian Esquire for a long time. This magazine is different from its counterparts in other countries and it had a great influence on me. I first saw that kind of modern photography in this magazine what I would like to do. But, unfortunately the magazine has changed its editor and I'm not buying it anymore.

What are the things you cannot live without?

I can't live without my family and photography. And I like drinking a lot of coffee.

Who are you following?

I follow many contemporary artists and photographers. writers, but here are the authors to whom I am always pleased to return and review what they have done:

Alec Soth
Prokudin Gorsky
Andew Moore
Alexandr Gronsky
Paolo Ventura
Hendrik Kerstens
Alexandr Chekmenev
Evgenia Arbugaeva
Thomas Dworzak
Sally Mann 


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Portrait image by Anna Marchenkova