Anna Zekria is co-founder and managing director of Saltimages, an independent photography agency based in Moscow. She has been promoting documentary photographers in Russia and worldwide for the last six years. Zekria has participated in numerous local and international projects, including portfolio reviews, masterclasses and photography competitions.
In 2005, Zekria left a career in telecommunications to join the Russian photojournalism agency Photographer.Ru, representing international agencies within Russia, including Magnum Photos, Contact Press Images, Contrasto and Panos Pictures. From 2008 to early 2011 she held the position of managing director, developing photographers' personal projects that focused on contemporary life in Russia and the CIS, and building distribution to national and international clients.
Since 2010, Zekria was the media projects director of the non-profit Objective Reality Foundation that advances the field of visual communication by supporting multimedia journalists, artists and visual storytellers. The foundation projects are focused on developing visual communication through educational programs and cultural events. Zekria curated a number of exhibitions and multimedia installations on Russian contemporary photography, including the mobile exhibition 'Russian Northern Caucasus – on the Road of Changes' (2010) and a multimedia installation on Russian contemporary photography at the Photoquai Forum on non-European photography presented at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris (2009), among others.
Her recent activities include organizing the workshop 'Photojournalism, Documentation and Interpretation' with photographer Davide Monteleone (2009), speaking and reviewing portfolios at Ojo de Pez meeting point Barcelona (2010), serving as a jury member for Belarus Press Photo (2011), working as the coordinator and project editor of a Objective Reality workshop for Polish and Russian youth with Rafal Milach and Andrei Linakevich (2011) and serving as a member of the nominating committee for the 2011 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest.
In 2011, together with photo editor Maria Zakharova, she founded Saltimages agency. Zekria promotes the work of up-and-coming and established visual authors and supervises their projects on a regular basis. She is currently based in Moscow.