Cartagena @Guardian

I am immensely pleased to have my celebrated image from Cartagena, Colombia published in the Guardian newspaper again: Cartagena by Dr Stanislav Shmelev. There is a good chance that it will be seen by some of the 6.97 million Guardian followers on Twitter. Carthagena, a coastal town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia is a…

Pulau Redang @Resurgence_mag

When I visited a little tropical island of Pulau Redang a few years ago,  I was expecting to experience the true tropical paradise with turtles coming to nest on island’s beaches. To my greatest disappointment every single area of island’s life: energy generation, transportation and, especially, waste treatment have shouted about existing problems. I photographed…

Generation Wealth @ICPhotog

The New York based International Center of Photography is hosting an incredibly powerful exhibition ‘Generation Wealth‘ by Lauren Greenfield. The curatorial text has been written by Juliet Schor, one of the co-authors of our new book, ‘Green Economy Reader‘. The exhibition presents a rich tapestry of stories from contemporary America describing the current culture of…

Cultural Ecosystem Services

I am pleased to enclose a presentation on my new photographic project focusing on the Cultural Ecosystem Services. Ecosystems indirectly create significant cultural value that cannot be expressed in monetary terms. This value is multi-dimensional and is related to knowledge systems, inspiration, spirituality and religion, through the creation of the sense of place and aesthetic…

Environment Europe @COP23

Finally the video from Environment Europe press conference held at UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn featuring Dr Stanislav Shmelev has been made available. It is aimed at a broader audience and we hope that you will enjoy it: UNFCCC COP23 Press Conference. The aim of our press conference was to launch a new book, ‘Green Economy…

Burtinsky. Watermark

My first encounter with Edward Burtinsky took place at the Institute for Contemporary Art in London where the screening of his documentary, ‘Watermark’, accompanied by a Q&A session, was organized a couple of years ago. In ‘Watermark’ Burtinsky tackles a very important topic of water, the origin of life, related to survival itself. His film…

Salgado. Genesis

To say that I was overwhelmed after seeing Sebastiao Salgado’s ‘Genesis’ exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London is to say nothing. I was simply blown away. My first encounter with Salgado’s work took place at the Somerset House in London, which showed some of Salgado’s Brazilian landscapes and Polka Galerie in Paris where…

Steve McCurry: Iconic Photographs

How did I get to know that Steve McCurry was coming to London to sign copies of his new book on Afghanistan I cannot remember. What I can remember is how eager I was to meet the Magnum master of travel and portrait photography. So without hesitating I boarded a red double decker Oxford Tube…

An Auteurist History of Film

‘An Auteurist History of Film’ by Charles Silver (1940-2016) is a little gem of a book conceived by its author as a series of short introductory notes accompanying film screenings from the New York’s Museum of Modern Art film collection that took place between 2009 and 2014. Covering true masterpieces of film making as diverse…