Anastasia Samoylova

'My goal is to dismantle stereotypes' I Interview with Photographer Anastasia Samoylova

Born in Moscow in 1984, Anastasia Samoylova moves between observational photography, studio practice and installation. She has exhibited at the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston; and at festivals in Brazil, Belgium, France, Holland, China, South Korea and Germany. Samoylova has published her work in Smithsonian Magazine, FOAM, Art Press, Monocle and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Anastasia Samoylova in The Wahisngton Post

One of the first things Samoylova began to notice was the dissonance between the city’s booming real estate market and the reality of the ocean’s rising water levels, making their way toward the very places being developed. These photos explore how rising sea levels are affecting Miami.

The New Yorker reviews "Floodzone" by Anastasia Samoylova

When a hurricane approaches, the air tingles. The sea does strange things. In minutes, the sky can turn from azure blue to slate gray. Turbulence comes out of nowhere. You can picture what follows, and many photographers do, but you will find no images of catastrophe in Anastasia Samoylova’s “FloodZone.”

Trouble in Paradise: a studio visit with Anastasia Samoylova

Anastasia Samoylova’s seductive and lyrical images exploit a tension between the image of Florida as a glamorous tropical paradise and the ominous reality of a state threatened by rising sea levels and ever more frequent hurricanes. Her layered photographs focus on the small but significant details of life in an urban environment experiencing profound climatic changes.

British Journal of Photography: Miami’s climate crisis

“The land is becoming increasingly unstable. Profound changes are already happening, and there are more to come,” says Samoylova, referencing the rising sea levels, hurricanes and major storm surges affecting the area.

Federica Chiocchetti Interviews Anastasia Samoylova. Paris Photo 2019

Federica Chiocchetti interviews Anastasia Samoylova in the context of Artist Talks program at Paris Photo 2019

Miami Herald Podcast: 'FloodZone' Captures South Florida's 'Climate Anxiety' In Unexpected Ways

Since 2016, Russian-American photographer Anastasia Samoylova has been capturing images of sea-level rise in South Florida in quiet — and often surprising — ways. Instead of whipping winds, she might capture a nest of an absent animal's eggs, just barely hanging over the water level of a canal. Rather than a destroyed home, a snapshot of a car; one window reflecting an adjacent green lawn while the windshield sun visor shows the image of breaking waves.