Maria Gruzdeva (b.1989) is a Russian-born photographer based in London. She mainly works on long-term documentary projects, underpinned by extensive research. In her work she explores such issues as collective memory, sense of place and belonging, the relationship between landscape and identity.
Maria graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art in Design with First-Class Honours in Graphic Design and London College of Communication, receiving a Masters Degree in Photography with Distinction. Her first major project Direction–Space! was exhibited internationally in group and solo shows and published into a book by Dewi Lewis Publishing.
She is a recipient of the IdeasTap & Magnum Photos Photographic Award, winner of the Gabriele Basilico biennial Award, Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer, Fresh Faced Wild Eyed and other competitions. In 2016 Maria was named one of the 30 Under 30 by Forbes in the Arts Category – Europe.
Her work has been exhibited internationally with shows in Russia, UK, France, Greece, Finland, Japan and featured in a number of photographic festivals, including Les Rencontres d'Arles and the Festival of Political Photography. In 2016 her second book Border: A Journey Along the Edges of Russia was published by Schilt Publishing.