Katerina Churbakova (b. 1993). In 2021 she graduated from School of Modern Photography “Docdocdoc”. She mainly works on long-term documentary projects combined with extensive research. Photography for her is a way to investigate the daily life and ideology of different groups and communities in the context of social changes. Her work involves exploring the issues of isolation, discrimination and trauma. 

Her works were published in Takie Dela, The Calvert Journal, Republic, Dodho magazine, The Edge of Humanity Magazine, Octagon media, Zapovednik and others.

About. Katerina Churbakova | Documentary photographer


2023 | International Class in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover

2019 — 2021 | “Docdocdoc” school of Modern Photography, St. Petersburg

2020 | Portrait intensive course by Dmitry Lukyanov, Fineart school of photography

2019 | Course of Documentary photography by Mary Gelman, School of academic photography

2015 — 2016 | Humboldt University of Berlin

2012 — 2016 | Moscow City Pedagogical University, German studies


2022 | “The Locals” project from international festival workshop of film schools “Kinoproba”, documentary filmmaking workshop

2021 | Summer School, photography workshop


2022 | In Memory of Alexander Efremov Reportage Photo Contest, honorable mention

2022 | Helsinki Photo Festival, shortlist 

2022 | Athens Photo Festival, shortlist 

2021 | The BEARR Trust Photography Competition, shortlist

Lectures and other initiatives

2021 | Artist talk in Russian-American Student service network on Disability and Art