Alexander Taran was born in 1983. In 1999, he entered the photo studio Siluet at the Youth Creative Palace where had studied for four years under the direction of educator and photographer German Pavlov. In 2005, Taran graduated from the journalism department of the St. Petersburg State University. The same year, he began working for the photo agency Interpress. As an Interpress photographer, Taran worked for Agence France-Presse covering news and sports events. During these years, his photographs were published in the leading Russian media as well as Newsweek, USA Today, Men’s Health, SportWeek, Foto&Video and BusinessWeek. Taran is now focused mostly on sport features and traditional black and white photography.