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Darian Volkova
Russian Expert in Ballet Photography
Former ballet dancer
Official Project Photographer with the Mariinsky theater


Darian Volkova is an expert in ballet photography, official project photographer with the Mariinsky Theater, and a former ballet dancer herself. Also, she is the head of Darian Volkova Ballet Production and the editor-in-chief of online magazine, a member of the Union of Photographers in Russia, the author of the first online course for photographers on ballet photography, an Alfa professional by Sony. In addition to that, she has featured as a recommended Instagram user twice.

Darian has worked with prima ballerinas and soloists of major European and Russian theaters, having shot in 20 countries around the world. She is a finalist and winner of international ballet and art photography competitions. Her works are featured in private collections in the USA, Germany, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Switzerland, the vaults of the Russian Museum and the Sheremetev Palace in St Petersburg, the ROSPHOTO Museum and Exhibition Center.

Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Instagram Blog, Metro, Practical Photography, ELLE, Broadway Dance Magazine, eToday, CPANet, The Post Internazionale, ADME, Kurier, My Modern Met, Metropoles, Russia Beyond the Headlines, gbTimes, Dance Spirit, and others.



  • 2014 "IN THE REFLECTION OF DANCE" (Gallery wing of the Sheremetev Palace, St. Petersburg)
  • 2016 "Ballet" (exhibition center Rus, Khabarovsk)
  • 2017 "St. Petersburg as Inspiration" (Tallinn, within the framework of the XI International Festival "St. Petersburg Theater Season", supported by the Ministry of Culture of St. Petersburg)
  • 2018 Personal exhibition "Ballet" supported by the Ministry of Culture of Moscow (Hermitage Garden, Moscow)
  • 2018 Personal exhibition "Ballet" supported by the Ministry of Culture of Moscow (Muzeon Park, Moscow)
  • 2018 Personal exhibition "Silk Dance" (Yellow Corner photo gallery, St. Petersburg)
  • 2019 Personal exhibition "Gala" (Arts Square Gallery, within the Dance Open International Ballet Festival, St. Petersburg)
  • 2019 exhibition "Still Music of St. Petersburg" (Havana, Cuba, within the XII International Festival St. Petersburg Theater Season, supported by the Ministry of Culture of St. Petersburg)

Charity Projects:
  • 2016 Perspectives Foundation (President Maria Ostrovskaya), shooting for a project at the Alexandrinsky Theater, St Petersburg
  • 2017 Step Towards Foundation (President T. Zingarevich), charity event "Open up your windows wide"
  • 2018 Empathic Arts charity event
  • 2019 Empathic Arts charity event

Projects and cooperation:
  • 2015 Personal project "Cupid and Psyche" (Stieglitz Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • 2016 Recording the premiere of the play "REM" by Peter Hill (Warsaw, Poland)
  • 2016 Personal project "Fairytales of St. Petersburg Lobbies" (St. Petersburg)
  • 2016 Special project "The world of ballet through the eyes of an artist" for the International ballet competition "Arabesque" (Perm, Russia)
  • 2016 Cover photo for the book "Prima ballerina Ekaterina Borchenko. Intriguing talent" written by Olga Rozanova (St. Petersburg)
  • 2018 Special project for the Mariinsky Theater: filming of the staging and reconstruction of the ballet Paquita by the choreographer Yuri Smekalov. Shooting the poster, filming and backstage photos of the staging, rehearsals, premiere (St. Petersburg)
  • 2018 Original training course for photographers "Ballet shooting" (St. Petersburg)
  • 2018 Interior decoration with the photo art for the Sony brand store (GUM, Moscow)
  • 2019 Original project involving 35 ballet dancers (the Multimedia Art Museums of Moscow, Moscow)
  • 2019 Poster for the Dance Open International Ballet Festival (St. Petersburg)
  • 2019 Videoproject for the Photographer Day with Daryan Volkova and Alexander Zadorozhny for Sberbank Business (Moscow)
  • 2019 Poster featuring Olga Smirnova, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, for a ballet event (London Colosseum Theater, London)
  • 2019-2020 Poster featuring the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater Ekaterina Krysanova for Bolshoi Cinema, Moscow
  • 2019-2020 Daryan as a ballet photographer role model and the heroine in commercials for Colgate (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan)
  • 2020 Restoration project "Catherine II. Personal space" supported by Gazprom
  • 2020 Image shooting for the Ingosstrakh company with the participation of a ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater

Cooperation with American companies:
  • Gaynor Minden ballet shoes and clothing company. Projects in 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Ballet clothing brand Eleve Dance Wear. Ongoing cooperation since 2017

  • 2009 Khabarovsk Administration Art Award
  • 2011 2nd award of the 10th All-Russian festival-competition of classical dance bands "Flight performed by the soul" (St. Petersburg)
  • 2012 Won a government grant for students, graduate students, young scientists, candidates of science (St. Petersburg)
  • 2012 2nd award of the 4th Open Festival-Competition of Choreographic Art "Slavic Cup" (St. Petersburg)
  • 2015 Participant of the exhibition "Black and White Portrait", Khabarovsk
  • 2016 Winner of the international photography competition "IPA 2016" in the nominations: Editorial / Feature Story / Photo Essay (Silver), Traditions and Cultures (Gold), Traditions and Cultures (1st Category Winner)

Lectures and public speaking:
  • 2015, 2017 Guest lecturer for photographers-to-be at the photo school "School of Academic Photography", St. Petersburg
  • 2016 Open lecture for photographers organized by Fujifilm, Moscow
  • 2018 TEDxSPBu St Petersburg state university, Saint Petersburg
  • 2018 Open workshop for Photographers, organized by Sony, Moscow
  • 2019 TEDxSZD, Khabarovsk
  • 2019 Lecture "Ballet photography", State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO, St. Petersburg
  • 2019 Lecture "How to make a profession out of your hobby", at the youth educational forum of the Khabarovsk region, Komsomolsk-on-Amur