These days, the world has more collections than ever before. The digital age has made art pieces very accessible. The world of galleries and auctions used to be a restricted space, but the overwhelming demand for contemporary art has democratized the entire art business. Starting a collection cannot be a sudden decision; the act of collection is always more than just the desire to possess art.

When I made my decision not so long ago, I had already accumulated enough works that they could be considered a family collection of 20th century photography. Owning art works, and sometimes parting with them, requires significant time and consideration. Every collector understands that an art collection is a great responsibility, and sometimes a team is even needed to manage it. Such contemplations led me to the decision to establish the Still Art Foundation. As of 2019, we have started our educational, publishing, and exhibition projects to promote 20th and 21st century photographic art in Russia, and I sincerely hope that you will love and appreciate it as much as I do.

Elena Karisalova decided to create a collection in 2004, thereby laying the foundation for fashion photography collection in Russia.


The Still Art Foundation collection was started in 2004. To date, it is the only large collection of 20th-21st century Western photographic art in Russia. Fashion photography is a cornerstone of the collection, which includes photographic works that appeared on Vogue magazine covers in the 20th century. Authors’ limited edition prints and vintage art works by masters such as Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, and other photographers make it possible to reconstruct the historical evolution of this genre and accentuate the style and contribution of each artist. The collection currently includes over 130 photographs by more than 40 artists who shaped the concepts of beauty, fashion, and femininity in contemporary photography art.

We have a unique series of 12 photos by Steve Schapiro from the filming of ‘Godfather,’ printed by the author exclusively for the Karisalovs’ collection. The art works by Steve McCurry featured in the collection prove that the collectors’ tastes in photography art are quite diverse. Our continuous and painstaking efforts, discriminating taste, and relentless search for interesting artists are helping us to add new but celebrated names to our catalog, e.g. Erik Madigan Heck, David Drebin, and others.



October 15, 2018

Thanks to our participation in exhibition projects, arrangement of our own exhibitions in the best Russian museums, continuous exploration, and desire to expand our collection, we can be sure that the Still Art Foundation will make a valuable contribution to photographic art of the 20th and 21st centuries. In October 2018, the owners decided to make the collection accessible to the general public. We made an official statement about the public relevance of these art works at the presentation of the first volume of our book at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.


December 12, 2018

In December 2018, a large selection of art works from Still Art was displayed in the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum for the ‘Still Art Collection. Selected Works’ exhibition, which was a part of the ‘Private Collections in MMAM’ program. More than 75,000 visitors to MMAM had the opportunity to see the art works of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Russel Young, and many others.


May 15, 2019

Because we know the importance of supporting photography-related initiatives in Russia, in May 2019 we assisted in the organization of Danil Golovkin’s first personal exhibition ‘Faces’ at the Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography, as well as in the publication of his book. Golovkin is one of the most popular photographers for glossy media, and his work has featured famous actors, musicians, artists, fashion celebrities, and prominent businessmen.


3 September 2019

The legendary Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2019 features part of a collection offered by the Still Art Foundation, which arranged an exhibition of the most famous Vogue covers from around the world in the TSUM Vintage space. The 25 exhibit items from the Foundation collection include works by Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh, Giovanni Gastel, Patrick Demarchelier and other famous photographers. This compilation of authors’ prints from iconic photographers narrates the development of fashion photography as a genre over the past 80 years.


16 December 2019

A project by famous fashion photographer Sasha Gusov was presented at a gala dinner at the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, in honor of the first anniversary of Still Beauty Space. The veteran of fashion photography captured friends and partners of Still whose talent and beauty inspired the creation of the unique images in this beauty space. The project featured Olga Sviblova, Director of MAMM; Natalia Grigorieva-Litvinskaya, founder of the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography; Irina Volskaya, founder of the Fragment Art Club; Aleksander Gudkov, artist; Natalya Eprikyan, Ekaterina Varnava, producer and actress; Vasilisa Kuzmina, film director and Elena Karisalova, founder of Still Art Foundation and Still Beauty Space.


24/01/2019 — 5/04/2020

The “Alexander Rodchenko. From the Still Art Foundation collection” exhibition opened in the Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography. The Still Art Foundation offered a retrospective collection of works by this master of the Russian avant-garde for the exhibition. The collection ranged from the first photographic experiments of the 1920s to the end of the 1930s, including a recognizable portrait of Lilya Brik from a Lengiz publishing house poster, several photos of Vladimir Mayakovsky and the famous photo of Osip Brik from the LEF magazine. The exhibition was co-curated by Alexander Lavrentiev, a grandson of Alexander Rodchenko and leading expert in his artistic legacy. The portfolio of Rodchenko’s works, which is a part of the Still Art Foundation collection, was compiled under the direction of his daughter Varvara Rodchenko, Alexander Lavrentiev and gallerist Howard Schickler. The audio guide for the exhibition features the voice of Yuri Kolokolnikov, who played the role of Vladimir Mayakovsky, a poet and member of the Left Art Front (LEF) association, in the documentary drama “V. Mayakovsky.”


25/11/2020 - 28/02/2021

Faces by Danil Golovkin, the first personal exhibition of the fashion photographer was powered by Still Art Foundation and opened to public in May 2019 at the Lumiere brothers center for photography. In November 2020 as a continuation of Faces by Danil Golovkin's project the photographic portraits of 60 powerful celebrities — Naomi Campbell, Annie Leibovitz, Philippe Starck, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Milla Jovovich, Boris Grebenshchikov, Diana Vishneva, Natalia Vodianova, Basta, Alexander Gudkov and others — were exhibited at the Erarta Museum of contemporary art in Saint Petersburg.
Photos provided by the Erarta Museum of contemporary art


4/03/2021 - 15/05/2021

The exhibition «The Style of the Age. The 20th century through the eyes of Rodchenko and Lagrange» was opened in the Peace Square Museum center. The exhibition contains more than 200 photographs of artists and includes iconic portraits of Rodchenko’s relatives and friends: the portrait of Lily Brik, which was used in the famous Lengiz poster, the portraits of Vladimir Mayakovsky from the first photoshoot in Alexander Rodchenko’s studio and the portrait of Osip Brik with the LEF magazine logo put instead on one of the glass lenses.
The exhibition also consists of works by Vladimir Lagrange, which reflect the later era of the 20th century – the «thaw» 60s. The exhibition represented his classic shots – «Granny» (1961), «Goalkeeper» (1961), «Doves of Peace» (1962) and less well-known works of the late period of creativity.

The project was organized by Lumiere Gallery, Still Art Foundation, the Peace Square Museum center and by Natalia Sipetaya.

Rodchenko's works © «Poet Vladimir Mayakovsky» (1924), «Lilya Brik» (1924) and «Critic Osip Brick» (1942) are provided by Still Art Foundation.


27/04/2021 - 20/06/2021

Still Art Foundation continues to support young artists and as a part of the XII Moscow International Biennale "Fashion and Style in Photography – 2021" at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow was opened the first solo exhibition named "Silent Mode" by Julia Mayorova, who is a young Russian fashion photographer. The exhibition was curated by Olga Sviblova, who is the director of the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. In addition to the exhibition, Still Art Foundation has published Julia Mayorova's book with the main artist's artworks.

The exhibition featured selected works from the artist's portfolio, including worldwide celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, George Clooney, Karlie Kloss and many others. Julia Mayorova has already worked with leading glossy media such as Interview, Vogue, Glamor, as well as cooperated with fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Apple, La Mer, Omega, and Estée Lauder.


Promoting awareness is one of our priorities at the Still Art Foundation. In Russia there have been no comprehensive studies of Western photographic art, and the Foundation is committed to the mission of filling this void. The first issue of the ‘Still Art’ photography catalog was published in 2018, and the second followed in 2019. These installments acquaint readers with the unparalleled masters of photographic art, their art works, and curatorial content about the artists and their works. Supporting Russian fashion photography is an equally important part of our mission; in 2019, the Still Art Foundation supported Danil Golovkin’s exhibition and publication of his book ‘Faces’—60 portraits of contemporary figures. The book of Naum Granovsky published by the Still Art Foundation was the first monograph of the classic Soviet photography. As part of a regional collaborative project with the Lumiere Gallery, we published a book in support of the anniversary retrospective exhibition of Vladimir Lagrange. He is an author, whose works associate with a political "thaw" of 60s.


British fashion photographer Miles Aldridge made his first visit to Russia, thanks to the support of the Still Art Foundation. The author of covers for Vogue, Numéro, the Face, The New York Times and The New Yorker held his retrospective exhibition “Miles Aldridge. The Taste of Color” at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. The event included a public talk and an author’s tour around the exhibition, which featured several works from the Still Art Foundation’s collection. In his talk with Anna Fedina, Vogue Russia’s Features Editor, the famed photographer engaged the audience as he shared secrets of carving out his own style and the details of the shooting process. He also spoke about his work with legends of the world of fashion, glamour and art: Franca Sozzani, Karl Lagerfeld, Maurizio Cattelan and artistic duo Gilbert & George.


My love for the art of photography began many years ago, as it did for many, at exhibitions in Leningrad and Moscow. That time will always be special for me, very personal, forever imprinted on my soul and in my thoughts. I sought to return to the works of my favourite artists in order to preserve those warm and happy emotions that I have for them. Back then, I had not begun to think seriously about collecting, but at home I already had works of Vladimir Lagrange, who influenced my attitude toward Soviet photography. Later on, my selectivity and desire to constantly study this area began to develop. My husband and my family have always lived hand in hand with art; it was never just a hobby for us. Visiting museums and galleries, participating in meetings with new artists, getting to know their work, and maintaining my family’s personal collection for many years — all of this helped me to find a field of work that I truly feel is mine.

Elena Karisalova,
Still Art Foundation

4 Barykovskiy Pereulok, bldg 3, 119034

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