Alexandra Demenkova studied in the photography department of the Union of Journalists in Saint Petersburg. Since 2004 she has been active as a documentary photographer; among the awards she has received is the prize for the best Russian photo correspondent. Demenkova explicitly places people at the heart of her work. “If photography is not about people and done for people, what’s the use of it?”, she says of her work. In 2008 she received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Fonds, and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. She participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 2013.