I was born in 1989 in Minsk, now the Republic of Belarus, but grew up in Russia and completed a degree in Journalism at the Moscow State University there. My engagement with a camera originated in my journalistic background: I started wondering whether journalistic efficiency of photography exceeds that of text but eventually got involved into the wider range of photography practices. In 2009, I interned at the picture desk of the business daily Vedomosti, a Russian subsidiary of the Financial Times. Although I spent the following year writing for the weekly magazine Ogoniok, I then chose to attend the MA Photojournalism course at the University of Westminster where I graduated with distinction. Presently I freelance as a photographer, writer and photo editor, looking to combine in my work the most image and text can offer, taking special interest in social and identity issues. My photographs and texts have appeared in such publications as The Sunday Times (UK), FT Weekend (UK), Germanwings (Germany), The Caravan (India), Psychologies (Russian edition) and on websites of the Guardian (UK), BBC (UK), Dazed & Confused (UK), and FK magazine (Latvia) among others.


2015, August ISSP — Workshop The Narrative Portrait by Alessandra Sanguinetti | Latvia 
2011 — 2012 University of Westminster — MA Photojournalism, Distinction | United Kingdom
2012, May Magnum Photos — Professional Practice, Selected | United Kingdom
2006 — 2011 Moscow State University — BA Journalism, Distinction | Russia


2017 Projection Facts and Clarifications, Riga Photomonth. K.K. fon Stricka villa | Riga, Latvia
2015 ISSP 2015 Final Exhibition. Kuldiga Arts Hall | Kuldiga, Latvia
2013 FreshFaced + WildEyed. The Photographers' Gallery | London, United Kingdom
2012 Photobook Show, Brighton Photo Biennial. Jubilee Library | Brighton, United Kingdom
2012 Here and There. AmbikaP3 Gallery | London, United Kingdom


2013 IPA International Photography Awards — Deeper Perspective category, Honorable Mention | USA
2012 Metro Imaging One Year Mentorship Prize, Shortlisted | United Kingdom


Email: asya.shpilko@gmail.com
Mobile Russia: +7 916 588 08 09
Skype: anastasia.shpilko

Available for assignment worldwide.