Zalman Shklyar – a well-known Russian photographer, with a career that spanned for over 20 years. The main themes of his work are street photography with elements of noir and avant-garde.
Although Zalman lives and works in Moscow, he travels around the world, which is reflected in his work. He is the founder and manager of ZS Photo agency, as well as a member of the Street Level Photography association, the Union of photoartists of Russia, the World Photography Organisation, the World Street Photography Organisation, the Moscow Novator photoclub, Head of photo school ‘The decisive moment of Zalman Shklyar‘ and is the chief editor of the online journal “Photoculture” .
Zalman discovered the world of photography through the Torah. “The World, that our creator has founded, is diverse and one of my tasks as a photographer is to uncover this beauty and clear it from unnecessary husk” explains the photographer in an interview for RosPhoto magazine. “It is similar to a bunch of grapes surrounded by leaves: on the one hand they protect it, on the other the most valuable is the grape itself. In other words, a world of photography does not exist as a separate substance. It is an instrument for revealing holiness. And if it is in the right hands, mind led, then the problem will be solved and the goal reached.”
The works of Zalman Shklyar have received numerous positive reviews from world-renowned photographers and art-critics, among them Max Kozloff, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Bill Rauhauser, Rui Palha, John Free and Thomas Hoepker.