Alexey Yurenev | NY

Born in Moscow, Russia,  I immigrated to New York in 2002 where I began working as a photo assistant to photographers including Alexei Hay and Jessica Craig Martin. In 2014 I started working as a commercial photographer, collaborating with BBDO, Grey and other creative agencies on world-wide image campaigns for Pepsi, Red Bull and Sonos.

In 2015 I focused on documentary subjects, photographing a motorcycle club Night Wolves in Crimea, Chechnya and Eastern Ukraine. That same year I worked as a director of photography on a film “To find Levanevsky”, searching for a lost 1930’s Soviet plane crash site in Alaska.  In 2017 I traveled to the remote areas in the Russian arctic on the Kola peninsula, working on a photo essay about the deepest manmade hole in the world.

In 2018 I graduated from ICP’s Documentary Practice program, where I worked on a thesis project about a a post-Soviet enclave in Brighton Beach, NY, which was developed into a long form photo essay for the New York Times and National Geographic. This project has received acknowledgements from organizations including POYi and Silurian Society of New York.

In 2018 I began collaborating with Unilever on an advertising campaign for “The Right to Shower”, a soap brand that donates 100% of proceeds to provision of mobile shower units for the homeless across the USA.

The following year I began documenting Odessa, Ukraine and travelled across the entire 6000 mile expanse of Russia in a collaborative project with a writer Jacques Menasche.

Currently I am based between Moscow and New York, working on commissioned projects and artist books.