About Ludmila Ketslakh Photography


 I think of myself as an explorer out to discover life while trying to record and understand the essence of human character. I am, as a documentary photographer, attempting to address social issues that concern me.
 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 .