Vlad Sokhin

Vlad Sokhin

Documentary photographer (Russia/Portugal), based in Sydney, Australia. In his work Vlad covers social, environmental and cultural issues around the world, including post-conflict and natural disaster zones.

Vlad was born in Russia in 1981. He studied photography in IADE Creative University (Lisbon, Portugal); photojournalism and documentary photography in TCI Emerging Photographer Program. He participated in the XXV Eddie Adams Workshop (USA, NY).

Represented by German "Agentur Focus" (Internationally) and "Grinber Photos" (Russia and CIS). Collaborates with the United Nations Human Rights, UNICEF, Amnesty International, Child Fund Australia and other NGO's.

In 2010-2011 Vlad worked on an independent photo-documentary project “The Spirits of Mozambique” about spiritual traditions of Mozambicans.

Since 2012 Vlad has been documenting violence against women in Papua New Guinea for his photo project "Crying Meri".

In 2012-2013 he worked on a documentary project "RESTAVEKS: Child Slavery in Haiti".

Vlad is fluent in English, Russian and Portuguese and has conversational Spanish and Papua New Guinean Pidgin. He is currently learning Arabic and French.


2013 - Winner of the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2013, Documentary Series (Georgia).

2013 - Photographer of the Year, FCCT/OnAsia Photo Competition 2012 (Thailand).

2013 - Nominated for the Amnesty International UK Media Awards in Photojournalism.

2013 - Shortlist in Antropographia Award.

2012 - Finalist of the FotoEvidence Book Award 2012 (USA).

2012 - Finalist of the Vilnius "The Circle of Life" photo award (Lithuania).

2012 - 3rd place in Portuguese award of Photojournalism "Estação Imagem | Mora" ("Environment" category).

2012 - Winner of the Street Photography Festival's Competition (Russia) in "Best street photograph" nomination.

2012 - 3rd place in Russian "Best Photographer" award ("Reportage" category).

2012 - Finalist of the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2012 (Georgia).

2011 - Grand Prize (nomination “photo-stories”) of the Uglich 5th International Photo Festival’s competition (Russia).

Exhibitions / Screenings:

2013 - Personal exhibition "Restaveks", International Festival of Photojournalism "Visa pour L'Image", Perpignan (France).

2013 - Screening "Witch hunt in Papua New Guinea", "Reportage" photo festival, Sydney (Australia).

2013 - Personal exhibition "Crying Meri", "hEAd oN" photo festival, Global Gallery, Sydney (Australia).

2013 - Personal exhibition "Field of Operations", St. Petersburg Museum of the History of Photography (Russia).

2013 - Group exhibitions "FCCT/OnAsia Photo Contest 2012" (Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand)

2013 - Personal exhibition "Crying Meri", Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival (Thailand).

2012 - Personal exhibition "Crying Meri", University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).

2012 - "Crying Meri" as a part of the group exhibition of the "FotoEvidence Book Award", VII Agency Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (USA).

2012 - Screeining "Crying Meri", International Festival of Photojournalism "Visa pour L'Image", Perpignan (France).

2012 - Group exhibition "Estação Imagem | Mora", Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto; Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon; Igreja de S. Vicente, Évora (Portugal).

2012 - Screeining "Crying Meri", Bursa Photofest, Istanbul (Turkey).

2012 - Group exhibition "Traces of Humanity", Istanbul (Turkey).

2012 - Group exhibition "The Best Photos of the Year" of Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award, Tbilisi (Georgia).

2012 - Group exhibition "Best Photographer 2011", Brothers Lumière Center of Photography, Moscow (Russia).

2012 - Group exhibitions during the Street Photography Festival in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar (Russia).

2011 - Group exhibition "Best photographer. Reflection of reality", Crocus Expo, Moscow (Russia).


FOTODOC (Center of Documentary Photography), Moscow

School of Visual Arts, Moscow

Uglich 5th International Photo Festival, Russia

Selected publications:

International Herald Tribune, Guardian (UK), National Geographic Traveler (Poland), GEO (Germany), GEO Voyage (France), Asian Geographic, The Atlantic (USA), Le Monde (France), Paris Match (France), La Vie (France), Das Magazin (Switzerland), Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland), WIRE Amnesty International (UK), FLAME Amnetsty International (New Zealand), Stern Gesund Leben (Germany), Mare (Germany), WirtschaftsWoche (Germany), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Marie Claire (Australia), The Weekend Australian Magazine (Australia), The Age (Australia), The Global Mail (Australia), No Borders (UK), Publica (Portugal), Correio de Manha (Portugal), Expert (Russia), Ogoniok (Russia), Russian Reporter (Russia), Vokrug Sveta (Russia), Sacvoyage (Russia), Independent Newspaper (Russia), Vi Menn (Norway), NPR (USA), AOL News (USA), Ca m’interesse (France), Le Monde des Religions (France), VIVA (Poland), VICE, Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea), National (Papua New Guinea) and others.