Evgenia Arbugaeva was born in Tiksi, Russia, a small town on the Arctic Ocean.
In 2009 she graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then she has worked as a freelance photographer, traveling between New York and Russia.
In 2012 Evgenia received the Bright Spark award in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition for emerging photographers, and a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant. In 2013 she was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and she won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award at the Rencontres International de la Photographie festival in Arles, France.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, and has appeared in National Geographic, Le Monde Magazine, Marie Claire, and Io Donna, among others.