back to top

Anton Sokolov. Present Simple

FotoDepartament Gallery
presents an exhibition under the program Green, showing young Russian photographers:

Anton Sokolov / Saint-Petersburg
Present Simple

23 March – 20 April`2012

Exhibition Opening: 23 March, Friday / 18.00 – 20.00
Held at: FotoDepartament Gallery

Every morning I get up at half past six. I wash and dress up, have breakfast and go to work. In an hour I usually get to the metro station where I drink coffee from a plastic cup at the pancake kiosk and smoke a cigarette. After that I go to the tram stop, catch a tram and get to the school where I work at minutes past eight.

The lessons start at eight thirty and last until quarter past two. At around twelve I have lunch at the canteen and smoke two more cigarettes. After the lessons I spent some time in school working with the registers, having dinner or gossiping with other teachers. At quarter to four I leave the school building and go home by two shuttle buses. There I have almost an hour of free time that I spend on the Internet or work with pictures – after that I start private lessons. Usually I finish the lessons and go home at eight thirty in the evening.

At home my wife and I watch TV or a downloaded movie or series. I read a bit or work with photos before I go to bed. At half past one I go to sleep.

Five hours later I get up, wash and dress up, have breakfast and go to work.

Sometimes I’m a little bit jealous with people whose life in speed and passion overdoes Michael Bay’s and David Lynch’s films. Of course, I couldn’t describe my life with a couple of words, but three words would be enough. My life is just like anyone else’s – without any special events, joys or troubles.

I started taking pictures in order to slice that never-ending Present Simple and mark some points that are important for me. I’m not sure whether I succeeded or not as the photographs became the part of infinite Present Simple instead of cutting it. At the beginning it seemed to me that the camera highlights something special in l’ecume des jours but at the end there were to many of those specialties. I realized that my experiment in overcoming the reality suffered a fiasco.

These photographs should be viewed just like this – a report of a failed experiment written by an everyman.

About artist:

Anton Sokolov

Born in 1985 in Perm, Russia. Since 2008 live and work in Saint Petersburg. In case you have any questions feel free to contact me:


2002 – 2007 – Glazov State Teachers’ Training College (Glazov, Udmurt Republic, Russia)
2009 — 2011 — St. Petersburg Faculty of Press-photographers (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2010 — International Summer School of Photojournalism (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)
2011 – Nordic Photography Experience (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

Awards and Exhibitions:

2010 — ’51’st’ collective Press-photographers faculty exhibition (Art and Business Center Tolstoy Square, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Anna Fedotova, Solmaz Guseynova
2010 — ‘Russian Beauty’ and ‘Moscou Rouge’ media-presentations at Alexander Solo’s personal exhibition ‘Under the Bridge’ (Loft project ETAGI, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Anna Fedotova
2011 – ’52nd’ (collective Press-photographers faculty exhibition (SALT space, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Anna Fedotova, Alexey Tsarev
2011 – ‘EXTRATERRESTRIAL QUIET HIDDEN’ collective exhibition of ‘36.9’ group (Gallery ’42’, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Anna Fedotova
2011 – ‘Young Photography 2011 2/2 Current’ – collective exhibition (Gallery ‘Fotodepartament’, Sait-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Nadya Sherye, Irina Tchmyreva, Anna Shpakova, Ulrich Haas-Pursiainen, Emeric Glayse
2012 – ‘Young Russian Stories’ multimedia presentation ( El Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain)
2012 – ‘Young Russian Stories’ collective exhibition of St.Petersburg Faculty of Press-photographers ( Institut D’Estudis Fotografics De Catalunya (IEFC), Barcelona, Spain) curated by Alexey Tsarev
2012 – ‘Present Simple’ personal exhibition (Gallery ‘Fotodepartament’, Sait-Petersburg, Russia) curated by Anna Fedotova and Nadya Sheremetova

2011 – Photojournalism Development Fund Award – short listed nominee
2011 – Young Photography 2011 2/2 exhibition – selected photographer


2011 – member and co-founder of ‘36.9’ art-group
2011 – member of Da Pictures Agency


Media partners: The Village / Look At Me / Be-in /

Press contacts:
by phone +7 (901) 301-7993
by e-mail:

All works shown during exhibitions, can be purchased in the  FotoDepartament Gallery / / +7-901-301-7994

FotoDepartament Gallery /