Olga Korsunova is the founder and curator of the FotoDepartament Foundation of Informational and Cultural Programs, Saint Petersburg.
Olga Korsunova was born in Leningrad. She is a photographer and a curator operating in photography since 1972. She has curated over fifty photographic exhibitions and is the author of a number of personal exhibitions and a participant to a great number of group exhibitions in Russia and abroad.
She worked for Khudozhnik RSFSR publishing house, the State Hermitage, Youth Theatre and cooperated with many theatres and publishing houses of Leningrad and Saint Petersburg.
From 1998 through 2005 she was the director of the Baltic School of Photography (project of the State Centre of Photography of the Russian Federation for young professional photographers). She is one of the founders of FotoDepartament Gallery / Bureau (2006) and FotoDepartament Foundation of Informational and Cultural Programs (2008) where she administers international summer photography workshops.
FotoDepartament offers exhibitions, education, information and other large-scale multicultural programs to support and promote Russian photography. The Foundation is based in Saint Petersburg, however its activities spread over the entire country. The projects organized by the Foundation simultaneously include the following three directions:
— support and promotion of art photography and documentary photography and development of visual culture in Russia; introduction of Russian photography across other countries and presentation of prominent global photography to the Russian public;
— education in the field of professional photography, including long- and short-term authors’ courses in photography technique and photography as a creative activity trained by professional acting Russian and foreign photographers and by experts in digital as well as analogue photography; international summer photography workshops;
— organization of personal and curators’ exhibitions of art photography and documentary photography; workshops, conferences, discussions and other public events related with development and promotion of photography.