This Russian-born, Paris-based photographer probably owns one of the coolest names in the business, and takes some of the coolest photos. His photos are appealing, simple, pleasurable… The styling, which is sometimes done by the same name that does the photography part, is always on point. The surroundings are minimal, but always just right. You can see the impact of Russia in his work, you can see the impact of Paris in his work.
It’s a great blend of the two worlds that just happen to be the most popular at the moment. His photos usually possess a very intimate vibe, even if it's not all nudes, he has the ability to bare someone, even if that person is, so to say, fully dressed. Stas has been published in Pressure Magazine, Interview Russia… he shot Vetements… and he is everything we like in a photographer. If someone has a good eye and taste, there is no need to overdo it, and he knows that!
What did you want to be growing up?
When I was young I just wanted to move somewhere to a bigger city and then to see how it will go. Probably most of my classmates and friends wanted the same thing, ha-ha.
Do you make money with your profession, or you have to do something else?
At the moment finally yes, I can say that I make money doing photography/video. But it was really hard to do it in Russia because people did not like my works and I couldn't make any commercial shootings. But I did not really care about money because I don't need a lot to make all what I like. I need just a camera actually.
What is your worst attribute?
I'm really bad with alcohol, I almost died already few times because I'm doing stupid things when I'm drinking a lot and I can't stop.
Where would you most like to live?
After 6 years in Moscow I moved to Paris, and I really love it! I think I will stay here for few more years and then will go to travel around the world.
What is your most treasured possession?
Maybe it can be boring but for me it was my first camera, which I bought 4 years ago. Just wanted to try to make some images of my friends. Did not know it will change everything in my life.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I really want to learn how to make tattoos, I already have lots of them on my body made by my friends, but hopefully I will soon have time to make it by myself! I think it's super fun!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Lars von Trier.
Do you like to watch movies?
So much! One of my favourite things.
What would constitute a perfect day for you?
It depends of my mood, but usually the perfect day is the day when I make some images or work on my magazine, then meet my girl and friends. That happens often, I'm always happy!
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
I think it can be nice to have ability to cook Asian food! I can make something Italian, French etc. But Asian ... I think you should have a talent or just to be Asian!
What do you think you will be doing in your 80s?
Do not know if we all will live that long, but if so hopefully will build a school for childrens in Russia and will take care of them there!
Favorite place on earth?
At the moment it's Greece, but today my friend showed me Iceland...so maybe one day I will change my mind.