Mr. T

Moscow’s most notable photographer, Timofey Kolesnikov enjoys an elevated stature—and not just in height. Beginning with a cheap point shoot camera he bought in the Moscow subway in 2008, the Salkehard native has quickly become known for his black and white reportage photography.

Kolesnikov fits naturally within the worlds of fashion and glamour, turning heads at Love Boat Party in Solynka, and Denis Simachev & Bar events. He has since upgraded his camera to a legendary Leica and is now Leica Ambassador, as well as one of the most successful social life photographers in Moscow. His work appears on the Vogue.ru blog and publications on British dazeddigital.com. He has shot portraits of Fedor Bondarchuk, Bryan Ferry, Denis Simachev, Annie Leibovitz, Bono, Carine Roitfeld, Olivier Zahm, Natalia Vodianova, Naomi Campbell and many more, which were shown together, at Cvetnoy Center Market in the 2015 exhibition project, The Eyes of Night.

Beyond social life photography, Kolesnikov loves to work on cultural and social projects. His photo series of movie directors and actors became an impressive exhibition at the MOMA called The Reflections, dedicated to the film festival named by Andrey Tarkovsky. He shot the intellectual elite of Russia for the anniversary edition for Club 418, and not long ago he directed his first music video, “My Love is Like” by Therr Maitz. He has also lent his talents to support social projects like Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation, and “No sugar, thanks,” dedicated to raising diabetes awareness.

It doesn’t matter who is in his sight—if it happened, it matters.