Ilya Nikitin

Ilya Nikitin (born Simferopol). Graduate of the School of Photography and Multimedia. Rodchenko, workshop of Igor Mukhin “Direct photography”. In his works, he draws attention to inconspicuous areas of human habitation, captures the life of young people and admits that he is attracted by really crazy things. Lives and works in Moscow.

Calvert journal , Bird in Flight

Ilya Nikitin

Group exhibitions:

  • 2021 – Exhibition of graduation works of the Rodchenko School “Visibility limitation”. Cultural Foundation “Ekaterina”. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2020 – “Flowers for Doctors”. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2020 – “Is it easy to be young?” Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
  • 2019 – “AIR WATER EARTH back to nature”. BursaPhotoFest. Bursa, Turkey.

All author's works


More recently, a village near Moscow with a rich history and a population of 369 people, today Salaryevo is the terminal station of the Moscow metro line with rows of new multi-storey residential complexes, shining metal-plastic facades. Imbued with the special aesthetics of contrasts and the rhythm of the capital’s outskirts, Ilya Nikitin dedicated a series of photographs to her. The avaricious color scheme in which the series is made emphasizes the routine and monotony of life in this residential area. And yet it has its own meditativeness and unique charm. The author admits that his trips to Salaryevo became a way for him to “break free” from the Moscow routine. The photographs show the polarity of the combination of newly built metal-plastic structures, abandoned wooden houses, wild forests and wastelands. The landscapes of Salaryevo are almost deserted, and their rare heroes are devoid of distinctive features, reduced to the level of staffage: the urban environment itself becomes the focus of attention, be it blurred paths along the village or paved multi-lane highways in the same morning haze.