Fyodor Markushevich’s artistic practices are concentrated at the meeting point of fashion photography, classical painting, and cinema. A graduate of the history department, Markushevich first took camera in hand in 2001, and ever since has been working with magazines the likes of GQ, Tatler, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Icons, Officiel, Madame Figaro, Instyle, Elle, Marie Claire, Esquire, Wallpaper, Mini, Timeout, Yes, Playboy, FHM, and Maxim.
Markushevich’s first exhibition as a photography artist opened in 2009. The Feasts series consists of multi-figure compositions where the dramatis personae gather around tables spread with food and drink. It was shown in Moscow with support from the Moscow House of Photography (Multimedia Art Museum). In Markushevich’s opinion, the difference between magazine and artistic photography is that “a photo artist ceases simply recording reality and begins creating his own”.
Also in 2009 Fyodor Markushevich received a Silver Wreath, the top prize at the Fashion and Style in Photography festival in Russia. Two years later he participated in the BRIC auction conducted by Phillips de Pury & Company in London, and the Moscow-based Glazgallery also presented the artist’s work in the Art Moscow fair. In 2013 Markushevich had a solo exhibition in Berlin entitled Collection – the artist’s attempt to conduct a dialog with the works of John Fowles and Vladimir Nabokov.
Fyodor Markushevich is the founder of Attraction, a photo studio that shoots costume portraits in the aesthetic atmosphere of early cinematographer Georges Méliès, using unsophisticated decorations and fanciful costumes. The studio started out in one of the most beautiful estates in Moscow – the summer house of Count Orlov in Gorky Park – and later, when it obtained an imaginarium bus, went mobile.
Fyodor Markushevich was born in 1976. He lives and works in Moscow.