Oleg Klimov

Born in Tomsk in 1964. Studied at Kazan university and majored in astrophysics. While studying worked in the planitarium. Since 1991 he has worked as a photographer for the influential Dutch daily newspaper NRC-Handelsblad. Covered all war conflicts in the USSR and Eastern Europe. In 1991 in collaboration with Dutch journalist Hubert Smeets published a book on Russia ‘Offended souls. Liberty in Russia», with support from NRC-Handelsblad newspaper he published «The collapse of the Soviet Empire». In 1992 in collaboration with Dutch photographer Maurice Boyer he published a book on the Kosovo events «Between Belgrad and Skopje. Photographs of the Kosovo War».

In 2000 with assistance from the Soros Foundation his exhibition «Just a war» was shown in Moscow, Kazan, Ulyanovsk and Petrozavodsk. In 2001 he worked on the large project about the Volga river shown at Prozrenie biennale in Nizhny Novgorod.

In 2003 – exhibition «To Russia with love» by Amnesty international. In 2007 – exhibition about racism «Black Russia».

In 2005 his book on the consequences of the Soviet Union collapse «Heritage of an Empire. My Doomed Country» was published in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and an exhibition held in Amsterdam. Since 2005 he’s been more interested in photo projects and been teaching documentary photography in the Rodchenko school of photography and Multimedia. Today he is finishing his project on the Russia’s water borders “From the River to the Sea”