Olha Stepanian's photography draws on the aesthetic of fashion photography and of Dada and Surrealist photography, like that of Man Ray and Claude Cahun.
Her crisp black and white work are striking in their simplicity and bold in their composition and overall design. This comes from a process of sketching out her ideas before a photoshot.
“Every photograph is a separate story. I look for props and costumes among friends, though it’s easy to find clothes in thrift shops and alter them to fit the model (here my seamstress training comes in handy). I love details, and it is these details that sometimes give birth to an interesting storyline."
Sumy College of Textile Design, Kyiv, Ukraine
Awards: Finalist for the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2017. Second Prize at the Montreal Nude Photography Competition.
Solo Exhibitions: À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, Triptych: Global Arts Workshop, Kiev 2019.
Group Exhibitions: Bavarian Cultural Festival of Arts, Munich.
Olha Stepanian is represented by Recreational Enterprises & Perseus Gallery, New York.