The wonderous peoples and
landscapes of Central Asia are captured on film in magnificent
fashion by professional photographer, Vladimir Jirnov. Working
and living in the former Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, Vladimir
has proven himself to be one of the top travel photographers
& photojournalists in this area of the world.
Since 1985, Vladimir has been shooting in-and-around his home
country of Uzbekistan, producing documentary photographs of his
homeland and his people. For over six years, Vladimir worked
as the single staff photo reporter for "Saodat," Central
Asia's largest magazine with a monthly sales volume of over one
million copies! This was quite a job for one photographer/reporter
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992, Vladimir opened
the first advertising agency in Uzbekistan, where he and his
associates produced calendars, brochures, advertising articles,
and more. This tenure lasted for only 3 years, until 1995, when
Vladimir decided to return to photography full-time as a freelance
travel photographer/photojournalist. This calling back to full-time
photography can be best described in Vladimir's own words, "a
photographer has to be a photographer."
We are glad that Vladimir chose his first passion as his career
decision, as the images in his portfolio are excellent examples
of the peoples and landscapes of Central Asia. To be a foreign
photographer travelling to a strange land in search of capturing
images of indigenous peoples is often a very difficult job, as
the photographer almost always stands out to the native people,
who may not act naturally in this setting. However, to be a native
photographing your own people as Vladimir does, one can capture
amazing images of these same peoples much easier as they will
not be as uncomfortable around the native photographer.
Our staff enjoyed building the Profotos portfolio of this
travel photography master and it is our hope that you will be
able to see into the faces of the peoples in these images, and
know what they are feeling and thinking. This is a great presentation
of an obscure part of the former U.S.S.R. - Uzbekistan as seen
through the lenses of master photographer Vladimir Jirnov.,Citizen
of Uzbekistan, Central Asia, former Soviet Republic.
Degree of the Technical University of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
In professional photography since 1985. From 1986 to 1992-single
staff photo reporter for the largest magazine in Central Asia
- "Saodat" with a monthly turnover of more than 1.000.000
copies. It was a good practice in photojournalism, as the magazine
demanded all kinds of photography-reportage, photo novel, portraits,
landscapes and so on, in both b/w and color images. During this
time, I was also a member of the Union of the Journalists of
After the destroying of Soviet Union in 1992, the editorial
system failed and it was necessary to deal with new fields of
activity to establish an advertising printing business. I was
among the founders of the first printing advertising agency in
Uzbekistan. Our agency produced: calendars, prospects and others.
But a photographer has to be a photographer, and in 1995 I returned
to professional photography - now as a freelancer. At the end
of 1999 as the author and producer, I began a web project, and
in October 2000 site centralasiaphoto.com appeared online.
My photos have been exhibited in numerous places, in Uzbekistan
and abroad, including: international tourist fairs; various magazines
and periodicals, etc.
At the international photo contest "Interfoto 2000"
in Moscow, my photo "Kurash" took 2nd place in the
Also in the year 2000, I became a member of the Academy of
Art of Uzbekistan, and took part in the "Magnumphotos 2000"
seminar in Tashkent.
The bank of my images consists of nearly 3000 slides and negatives
from all around Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
I am ready to cooperate with you for every photo in my image
bank, for both editorial and online projects. I am able to work
out of Central Asia for a long time, however, I would not refuse
a proposal to serve permanently in the USA, Canada, or Europe.