Mary Gelman


Mary Gelman is a VII Photo Agency Member photographer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

After graduating with a degree in sociology, Gelman was involved in photography and focused on topics such as vulnerability and trauma, its implications; life and ideology of alternative communities. The most important part of her practice is diving deeper into the topics and interactions with people, where empathy, trust and understanding is significant.

Gelman has won a number of different awards, including Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Pictures of the Year, Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Istanbul Photo Awards, and Andrei Stenin International Photo Contest.

She works for The New York Times, The Washington Post, UNICEF, and many others.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2022 World Press Photo Contest winner
2020 Joop Swart Masterclass participant

Mary Gelman on Social Media:
Instagram: @marygelman
Twitter: @MaryGelman

Mary Gelman

Portrait credit: Ksenia Ivanova