Kristina Varaksina
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Kristina Varaksina

PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
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Kristina Varaksina
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Kristina Varaksina

PhotographerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Russian-born Kristina Varaksina has resided in the USA since 2010 and currently lives and works between New York and London. Commissions include: Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel , The Telegraph, Fabric, Bonobos, Ugg, Sally Hansen, Esika, Elyse Maguire, TID Watches, Cetaphil, Roam. She has taught photography at NYFA, New York and California Art Institute, San Francisco. ''Varaksina’s focus is to capture human emotion and the psychological impressions of her subjects' mind – permitting the characters to project their internal reality. Works undertaken are keen to explore a female and child perspective, evoking their thoughts, dreams and hopes.'' ~ Aesthetica magazine. Awards and recognitions: PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Communications Arts, Int’l Photography Awards, APA National Award, Vogue.it BEST OF, Digital Photo Magazine, Applied Arts, CMYK Magazine, PDN Faces, PDN Emerging. Galleries representing fine art work: Lumas, Berlin, Brownie, Shanghai, Themes&Projects, San Francisco, Hello World Vienna.
Projects
  • The Essence of Beauty
    The Essence of BeautyThis project gives voice to women from different ethnic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, each doing their best to not only accept themselves as who they are, but also to be proud of this. It reflects universal ideas of vulnerability, the need for protection, but also self-confidence, liberation and equality.
  • Lookbook and Fashion Campaign
    Lookbook and Fashion Campaign
  • Cat Grace
    Cat GracePersonal project about feeling confident in your own skin.
  • 'Strong Current' beauty story for Harper's Bazaar Ukraine
    'Strong Current' beauty story for Harper's Bazaar Ukraine
  • Nature Morte. Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan
    Nature Morte. Harper's Bazaar Kazakhstan
  • My lockdown work
    My lockdown workLockdown has not been the easiest time for me as a portrait photographer, but it pushed me creatively and I've continued working on personal projects throughout the last couple of months. Pictures from this project were featured on BBC News and in the Best of Vogue Italia.
Work history
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    Photographer, Art DirectorKristina Varaksina
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Photographer, Art Director, Video Director Creating ideas for and successfully executing photo and video shoots for brands' promo, digital campaigns, catalogues, advertising and internal marketing needs. Managed production budgets from $1000 to $60000 Conducted post-production: retouching, editing, graphic design. Clients include: Bonobos, Hearts and Science, FCB agency, CAA agency, Sally Hansen, Bonobos, Ugg, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, The Telegraph.
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    Photography Lecturer, TutorNew York Film Academy
     - New York, United StatesPart Time
    Part time instructor teaching 1-year and short term students. Classes taught: Photo I, Imaging I and II, Shooting Lab, Fashion Shooting, Fashion Production, Fashion Post-Production. - Development of Curriculums and Lesson plans - Lecturing - Hands-on practice classes - Digital editing and printing classes - Tracking Student’s progress - Assignment feedback and extracurricular help - Student project and portfolio reviews - Coordination of students’ final project photo shoots - Coordination of collaborations with other schools/departments Workshop organization and teaching.
Skills
  • Studio Photography
  • Photoshop
  • Capture One
  • Art Directing
  • Directing
  • Education
  • Camera
  • Lighting
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media
Education
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    MFAAcademy of Art University
     - San Francisco, United States