Leak (series)


Nikolai’s work, over the last few years in particular, stands in an evolving dialogue with painting, sculpture and drawing through diverting the use of photographic materials away from producing a mechanical image and toward form, mark-making and gesture. This sculpture incorporates exposed silver gelatin paper with other materials such as concrete.

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Silver gelatin print, cyanotype, acrylic, polymer spray, concrete, epoxy



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Original work of art


60 x 8 x 7 cm


Leak Vb, Leak VII


Nikolai Ishchuk does not consider himself to be a photographer in the traditional sense, but an artist who works with photographic media (usually camera-less), such as silver gelatin paper, cyanotype and light.  Nikolai also works with other materials such as cement and acrylic polymers to explore and extend the possibilities for photographic medium.

Nikolai was born in 1982 in Moscow, Russia, and lives in London. He received an MA in Fine Art with Distinction from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and previously an MPhil in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Sociology from the University of York. Ishchuk was the first non- documentary photographer to win in the British Journal of Photography Awards and has been awarded the Art Omi International Artists Residency. Ishchuk has exhibited internationally, including at such institutions as Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Space, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. He was recently recorded for the Tate Audio Arts.


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