Fotomonday: Together and Alone – by Nadia Sablin

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.



“For the past six years, I have been working on an extended photographic series in Russia and United States. Titled Together and Alone, it was completed in 2011. This body of work is based on the idea of a search for one’s identity and the pain of separation from childhood. By making portraits of girls and women, I search for a way to reinterpret myself as an adult without losing the magic of childhood. By including photographs from both the former Soviet Union and the United States I am creating a reality whose location is psychological, rather than geographic, in nature. The resulting images are a blend of observation, performance, and autobiographic exploration. As a Russian-born artist, I closely relate to the format of the fairy tale…”




Nadia Sablin (b. Russia, 1980) earned a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002 and an MFA from Arizona State University in 2011.  Her work investigates the relationship between documentary and fictional storytelling and explores the larger world through close personal narratives.  Her ongoing projects are primarily based in rural Russia and Ukraine, spanning years of children growing up, elders growing old and the practical ways in which people cope with the passage of time in an unstable economic environment.

She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell colony, Firecracker, the Puffin Foundation, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Her work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Moscow Times, Slate, The New Yorker, American Photo, and the Financial Times. Nadia Sablin’s photographs have been seen in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Southeast Museum of Photography, Blue Sky Gallery in Oregon, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bellevue College in Washington, and Texas Women’s University School of Art among others.  As a recipient of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, Sablin’s first monograph, Aunties, was published by Duke University Press/CDS in 2015.  She teaches photography at SUNY New Paltz.

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All images and text © Nadia Sablin