Tania Leshkina is a name circulating like Chinese whispers not just on the streets of London but on the world wide web since before her eighteenth birthday.
Now at only nineteen this young photographer has already received critical acclaim having staged exhibitions and has been interviewed for the likes of Blend and Vice magazine.
Her heritage as a child born in Russia just after the Soviet Union fell, I feel undeniably infiltrates her aesthetic with her minimalist pictures often denoting an element of impoverishment.
Her images are pure yet grainy. They appear both simple and complex. There is always something lurking beneath the surface. To me these paradoxes are where her power as a photographer lies.
Her work is not limited to photography though as she also dabbles in sculpture and film is quickly making a bigger appearance on her portfolio. For A/W 2010 she made a hauntingly beautiful video for Maaike Mekking's collection at London Fashion Week and has shot runway for Metal magazine's blog.
Currently studying a degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Tania Leshkina is a name this town will be hearing more of.
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Images courtesy of Tania Leshkina
Posted by Susan Walsh