Misha Maslennikov was born in 1964 in the Dobroe settlement close to Moscow. Since 2013 constantly lives in the Odessa city, Ukraine.
1981-83 he studied at Art School #75, got the qualification of architectural designer-constructor.
2002-05 Misha studied at theological department of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University.
1985-92 he worked in reproduction centre of the State Publishing House the Press (previous name Pravda) as a retoucher and an operator of electronic color splitting and color correcting machine. At the same time Misha Maslennikov got experienced in the following fields: photo reproduction, contacts, photomontage, he was busy in graphic, fonts and painting in art studious of Moscow painters Dmitry and Andrey Bisty, Vladimir Brainin.
1993-98 he worked as an assistant of head of printing department at the design agency of the company Videoservice, became professional in control of printing process, graphic design, pre-printing photo preparation.
2001-02 he was engaged as an art-director in the project Byzantium.ru of charity organization The Centre of Help to Development of Orthodox art Byzantine.
He began traveling in the Russian North in 2002. The main areas are single expeditions to the places difficult of access, visiting and co-operation with cenobites of active monasteries, sketes, with keepers of ancient temples, pogosts, studying the way of life of modern hermits, anchorites, real intercourse and contacts with backwoodsmen.
Since the middle of 2005 Misha goes in for field reportage photography and begins thinking seriously about the photographic process as a way of the particular conveyance of author ideas in a missionary vein. At present Misha Maslennikov continues his work on private and public projects in documentary photography, individual and group expeditions according to a given subject, collection of materials, visual ethnography.
2008 he triggered the arrangement of photoclub under Feofaniya Gallery.
Since 2006 member of the Noga Creative Union.
Since 2010 member of the Russian Photounion.
Since 2010 member of the Russian Geography Society.
Awards & Honors:
2022 3rd Prize of the BarTur Photo Award 2022 under Faces of Humanity (Series) theme.
2022 Shortlisted of the World.Report Award | Documenting Humanity 2022, Master Award category.
2021 Honourable Mention of the 2021 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, Social Documentary Network/SDN.
2021 Finalist of the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2021.
2018 Grand Prix of the XXIV International Photo Festival Narva Autumn 2018, Narva, Estonia.
2012 Grand Prix of the All-Russian photo contest "Living Ocean and Coastal Zone" of the Press Center of the Russian exposition at the World EXPO-2012 and Science and Life magazine.
2018 Chukotka is a land of loneliness, House of Culture Rugodiv, Narva, Estonia.
2013, 2018 Ordinary Photos, Odessa Museum Western & Eastern Art, Odessa, Ukraine; Art Space, Vitebsk Center of the Modern Art, Vitebsk, Belarus.
2012-13 3 Outskirts: Karelia, Altai, Chukotka, GM Photo Gallery, Yekaterinburg; Russian Museum of Photography, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; The First Sevastopol International Photo Festival, Sevastopol, Ukraine.
2008 WE, Feofaniya Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2020 NoGa Creative Union, Thin Line Photo Festival, Odessa Museum Western & Eastern Art, Odessa, Ukraine.
2016 Life without pomp and parade, Central library M.Y. Lermontov, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2012 Urban Environment, International Photofestival "Photo Days Ogre 2012", Ogre Cultural Center, Museum of History and Art, Ogre, Latvia.
2012-13 Our Stories, Series "We'll manage anything!", Project of the Mobile Photo Exhibition The Photographic Angle, London Bristol Swindon Birmingham Crowley Slough Bracknell Chester Leeds Newcastle Stockport Croydon Uxbridge Milton Keynes Peterborough, United Kingdom.
2012-13 200 Faces, Project of the Mobile Photo Exhibition The Photographic Angle, London Bristol Swindon Birmingham Durham Farnborough Camberley Crowley Greenford, Great Britain.
2012-13 Birthmarks on the map, Australian Photofestival Head On, gallery The Muse at the Institute of Photography TAFE NSW, Sydney; The Photo Industry Fair PMA, Melbourne Exhibition Center, Melbourne, Australia.
2011-13 Invisible Country, Project Liberty.SU,White Cube Gallery, Omsk; Tomsk Regional Museum of Local History, Tomsk; Municipal Art Gallery, Kostroma, Russia.
2011 We live in Russia, CDC of the South-Western Administrative District, Moscow, Russia.
2010 Indifference, MArchI, Moscow, Russia.
2008-09 Territory of Joy, Rumyantsev Mansion (branch of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg), St. Petersburg; Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, Pskov, Russia; Center for Orthodox Culture, Bialystok, Poland; Russian House of Science and Culture, Berlin, Germany; Voronezh Regional Art Museum. I.N. Kramskoy, Voronezh; The scientific and cultural center of the museum-reserve Mikhailovskoye, Pskov region; The Nevskaya Curtain of the Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2009 My Favorite Province, Center for Culture and Art "Meridian", Moscow, Russia; Russian Center for Science and Culture, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
2007 Imagine Russia, Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.