About Ludmila Ketslakh Photography
My interest in photography has been triggered by a number of factors: my desire to explore and experiment in different worlds, to seek and document unique cultures, and to employ my work debating the insidious forces of dilution and uniformity in society. My aspiration to share the experience of meeting people and tell their stories is based on my belief that the world is mystifying and the people who inhabit it are fascinating yet enigmatic.
Formally a Mechanical engineer, I became a photographer in 2001. I graduated from Belarusian Polytechnic Institute with Master Degree in Thermodynamics. Currently I am completing the degree in Photography Technology at WCC in Ann Arbor. During the last eleven years I have attended numerous workshops at Santa Fe, Maine and TWP photographic workshops. I had chance to met and study with outstanding teachers, they are the most influential photographers of our time who changed the way I look at the world. The list includes: Sam Abell, Antonin Krotochvil, Eugene Richards, Alex Majoli, Andrea Modica, Miguel Gandert, Paul Elledge and Leasha Overturf.
2015 Making Connection. Group exhibition. Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
Transforming Community. Group exhibition. Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Black & White Magazine | 2013 Spotlight Award Winner
Feature article and portfolio in Black & White, October 2014 issue #105
Water. Group exhibition. Robert Morris Gallery, Chicago, IL
Revelations. Group exhibition. Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI
A Matter of Taste. Group exhibition. Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame
Elderly Policies in Japan and Scandinavia: Aging Societies East and West by Paul Milford. Book cover image.
2013 Winner of the Best of ASMP 2013. The ASMP interview is on the ASMP Web site at this link: http://asmp.org/best-2013-ketslakh
People of My World. Solo exhibition. Florissant Valley Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2012 APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Photography Expedition to the Philippines
XXI. My Pacific Ocean project. Selected by RIANOVOSTI, the Russian news and information agency, as one of 21 photographers chronicling life and work in 21 countries.
XXI. My Pacific Ocean. Group exhibition. Economic Summit, Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia
XXI. My Pacific Ocean. Group exhibition. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Russia
The book XXI. My Pacific Ocean was published alongsite with the exhibition.
2011 ZOOM. Russians Everywhere.
Feature article and portfolio.
Mirror Image: Women & Photography. Group exhibition. Florissant Valley Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Themis. Group exhibition. St. Louis, University Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
Chernobyl 25 Years After. Portfolio selection. FotoFest 2012 Biennial, Houston, TX
2010 Group exhibition. JCC, Ann Arbor, MI
2009 Sacred Journeys by Rebecca Hint. Photograph featured in publication.
Solo exhibition at University of Michigan Hospital, Taubman Center
2009 FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedic and Complex Spine) book publication featuring expedition images of medical professionals working with Ghana patients suffering from bone disorders. http://www.blurb.com/b/1188494-high-spirit-ghana
2008 Exhibition and fundraising campaign for non-profit organization FOCOS. Detroit, MI
2007 Group exhibition. JCC, Ann Arbor, MI
Photography expedition to Ghana to promote the work of NGO organization Ortho-FOCOS .