Andrey Chezhin. Photo by Andrey Bezukladnikov

Andrey Chezhin was born in Leningrad in 1960. He graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Film Engineers in 1982. During his years in the Institute Andrey became involved with photography. He joined the famous photo club “Mirror” in 1985 and later “TAK” group (1987-1996). Chezhin became a member of such organizations like art association Photopostscriptum in 1993, Humanitarian Foundation “Free Culture” in 1996 and the International Federation of Artist (IFA) in 1998. He is also a member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia since 1995, a founder of the annual photo festival “Autumn Photo Marathon” (since 1998). Chezhin is the director of the “PHOTOimage” gallery and of the “Museum of Drawing-Pin” both in St. Petersburg. He had some 60 solo exhibitions and a participated in over 160 group exhibitions in Russia, Europe and the US.

Unpredictability of photographic process
Conceptual photography
Self-sufficiency of photographic means of expression

Personal exhibitions

  • 1993 “I am an object”, gallery “Photopostscriptum-place”, St. Petersburg;
  • Self Portrait 366 Days, Saint-Marcellin, France.
  • 1994 “Visiting Bulla”, gallery “21”, St. Petersburg;
  • 1996 “96 Photos”, Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”, St. Petersburg;
  • "Harmsiada", gallery "PHOTO Image & 4aquo ;, St. Petersburg;" Andrey Chezhin ", gallery" Teatro ", Moscow;" Nevskaya Kupel ", cruiser" Aurora ", St. Petersburg.
  • 1997 “City-text”, gallery “Borey”, St. Petersburg;
  • “7 AXE platforms”, Baltic House, St. Petersburg.
  • 1998 "Dream", (St. Petersburg - Warsaw), Mala galeria, Warsaw;
  • “Kharmsiade & From the Life of Thumb-pins”, NONAME gallery, Rotterdam.
  • 1999 Russian Lens on Washington. Andrey Chezhin: New Angles ”, District of Columbia Art Center, Washington, D.C .;
  • Transparent Dreams, Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg; “I wanted to come back to you and couldn’t”, St. Petersburg Museum of B. B. Nabokov; “Yours-mine”, gallery “PHOTO image”, St. Petersburg; “Ghost City”, Open Society Institute, Kochubey Mansion, St. Petersburg.
  • 2000 St. Petersburg, Escher Series., Anya Tish gallery, Houston FotoFest, Texas;
  • Gulag Trail, NONAME gallery, FotoBiennale, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Button and Modernism, Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg; “Capital destuction - rearranging landmarks", Hovedbiblioteket, Esbjerg, Danmark; “Touching St.-Petersburg”, Multihus Tobaksfabrikken, Esbjerg, Danmark; "Retrospective 1988-2000", Galeria Z, Month of photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • 2001 “Button and Modernism”, Museum Center of the Russian State Humanitarian University, Moscow;
  • “Self-love, isn’t it wonderful?” (Jointly with D. Mishenin), Sigmund Freud’s Dream Museum, St. Petersburg; "Postmodern Petersburg", Samara Art Museum, Samara; Children's Album, Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg; “Date House”, gallery “PHOTO image”, St. Petersburg.
  • 2002 “Abstract Photography”, Delta Gallery, St. Petersburg;
  • Life Lines, Gallery 103, Pushkinskaya-10 Cultural Center, St. Petersburg; Harmsiada, Giedre Bartelt Galerie, Berlin; “Sailor's Dreams”, 21st century gallery, Prague; “Cathedral”, gallery “Delta”, St. Petersburg; “Element geometry - element of geometry”, “On Obvodnoye” gallery, “Neptune” international business center, St. Petersburg; “Andrey Chezhin”, Gomez gallery, Baltimore, USA.
  • 2003 “Forty-third”, Astrosoft Gallery, St. Petersburg;
  • “City-text”, gallery “Artcollegia”, Moscow; "Bridge. Street. Isaac. Light ", noname gallery, Rotterdam; “Sailor's Dreams”, “Delta” Gallery, St. Petersburg; Venice, Living Room of Arts, Palkin Restaurant, St. Petersburg; "Pisces", gallery "PHOTO image", St. Petersburg.
  • 2004 “Hands”, Fund of the artist Mikhail Shemyakin, St. Petersburg.

Works are in collections

  • State Russian Museum
  • State Hermitage Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Collections, Moscow
  • National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
  • Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Warsaw, Poland
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, U
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Muzeo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Houston, TX, USA
  • Collection of Humanitarian Foundation “Free Culture”, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Hechinger Collection, Washington, DC, USA
  • The Navigator Foundation, Boston, MA, USA
  • The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Daytona, FL, USA
  • Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Author's editions

  • Chezhin A. The space of postmodernism. M. Vidar, 1998;
  • Andrey Chegin "Charmsiade & From the life of thumb pins", Stickting noname, Rotterdam, 1998;


  • Stigneev V., Baskakov A. .. Photocreating of Russia. M .: Planet, 1990;
  • Walker, Ursitti & McGinniss .. Photo Manifesto, Contemporary Photography in the USSR. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1991;
  • Russian Photographic Experiments. Paris, 1992;
  • Foto Fest - 92. The International Month of Photography. Houston, 1992;
  • The art of modern photography. Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moscow, 1994;
  • Photopostscriptum. St. Petersburg, 1993;
  • Self-identification. Berlin, 1994;
  • Self-identification. Aspects of St. Petersburg art of the 1970s - 1990s. SPb., 1996;
  • Russia: Chronicles of Change. Disrict Board of Trustees, Daytjna Beach Community College, 1996;
  • FOTO & VIDEO No. 9, 1998, Moscow;
  • Chezhin A.S. The Space of Postmodernism: Photo Album. - M .: Vidar, 1998;
  • The dust and myth of the Neva. - St. Petersburg: Ivan Limbach Publishing House, 1999;
  • Andrey Chezhin. Button and postmodernism. - Perm: Perm State Art Gallery, 2011
  • Andrey Chezhin. City text. Autost. M. Sheinin. - SPb .: Publishing house "Clean sheet", 2014.