Max Sher

Born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), raised in Siberia and educated in Siberia and France, Max Sher started out as photojournalist and then moved on into art photography and installation art, still also doing assignments for international print and online media. Sher is primarily interested in the representation of post-Soviet cultural landscape and histories. He now works in photography, installation, and video, and also produces books and zines. His work, personal and commissioned, was exhibited both at home and internationally and has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Der Spiegel, Bloomberg Businessweek, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Monocle, Le Monde, Libération, Financial Times Weekend, Courrier International, etc. as well as in photography and art publications including Foto8, GUP, Fraction, Prism, Iskusstvo – The Art Magazine, DI – Dialog of Arts, Flak Photo, etc. Sher is the author of three photo books: A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz, Treemedia Publishers, 2013, Palimpsests, completing the eponymous 7-year project, Ad Marginem Press, with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2018, 245 Khrushchev Housing Entrances, self-published, 2018, 2019.



solo exhibitions:


Archipelago shot during an artist residency, Metenkov House of Photography, Ekaterinburg, Russia


America / Horizon shot during an artist residency, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia

Origin of Species Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia

Map and Territory Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia


group exhibitions:


The New Landscape Museum of Fine Arts of Tatarstan, Kazan, Russia

The New Landscape Ekaterina Foundation, Moscow, Russia


The New Landscape Ploshad Mira Museum Complex, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

The New Landscape Slovtsova Museum, Tyumen, Russia

The New Landscape PERMM Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia

Metageography: Orientalism and Dreams of Robinsons Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia

Quiet Voices Ploshad Mira Museum Complex, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

At the Fringes Triumph gallery / VDNKh, Moscow, Russia

Urban Archive Bogorodskoe Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The New Landscape Eltsin Center, Ekaterinburg, Russia


Quiet Voices North-West Chapter of NCCA / St. Petersburg History Museum (Peter and Paul Fortress), St. Petersburg, Russia

Metageograhy II Pushkin House, London, UK


Infrastructure Ethnography (ft. Antonina Shadriba), group show Permafrost, National Art Museum, Yakutsk, Russia

Simple Congruity – Inner Modernism 5th Moscow Biennale of Young Art, parallel program, Ground gallery Peschanaya, Moscow, Russia


Surface of Writing (ft. Alina Belishkina), Vertikal Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia (exhibition after the Kronstadt residency at NCCA)

Metageorgapy: Space – Image – Action 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, special project, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK

Close and Far: Russian Photography Now Calvert22 Gallery, London, UK                  

Urban Landscapes P46 Gallery, Camogli, Italy

Moskovia. Research as part of Research interdisciplinary program by Triumph gallery, Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow, Russia


Residency Permit (ft. Egor Zaika), WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Young Russian Photography Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

2Young WINZAVOD Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia



screenings, book presentations, festivals:


Presentation of Palimpsests with an exhibition Bildband Berlin bookstore, Berlin, Germany

Presentation of Palimpsests with a one-day exhibition Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia

Palimpsests as part of the screenings program by ICP – Projected, ICP – International Center of Photography, New York, USA

Photobook Show at Athens Photo Festival Athens, Greece

Istanbul Photobook Festival Istanbul, Turkey


Phantom Pain Clinic Jimei-Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China


Uglich International Art Festival Russia


EAST: Young Eastern European Photography Kaunas, Lithuania

Photomonth Cracow Cracow, Poland

Kaunas Photo Festival Kaunas, Lithuania

EAST: Young Eastern European Photography Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia

EAST: Young Eastern European Photography Brick5 Gallery, Vienna, Austria


art residencies:


Metenkov House of Photography Ekaterinburg, Russia


Zarya Center for Contemporary Art Vladivostok, Russia

Kronstadt Art Residency by the North-West Chapter of NCCA St. Petersburg, Russia

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