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in[+]frame introduces photographer Dina Oganova

Michelle Chan

In[+]frame introduces today Dina Oganova (aka DIKARKA), a freelance photographer from Tbilisi, Georgia. Although she defines herself as a documentary photographer working mainly with projects, her work is much more than a collection of documents and evidence or a series of photographic studies. Oganova's photographs, all together and each one seperately, share a sincere and deep look into the world and into people's souls. No matter whose truth she is revealing, no matter if the scene is staged or real, no matter what the intended message or the project was, her images transcend mere interpretation and restrictive purpose. They speak to our inner self and along with our senses they embrace our mind, heart and soul.

Enjoy a sample of Dina Oganova's work at our selected photo gallery.

Dina Oganova

"...I feel good, free and happy with a camera. I love people and the best way to manifest it is by taking pictures of them..."

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Michelle Chan

"[What makes a good photograph?] Love and sincerity. And time. When you are just shooting, in a mechanical way, without a feeling, it always shows.

To take a good picture, you have to invest your soul..."

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Short bio

Dina Oganova

Dina Oganova (aka DIKARKA).

Georgian freelance documentary photographer. Based in Tbilisi and working on a long term projects in ex USSR countries. In 2009 graduated Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Department of Economics and Business.

In 2011 and 2013 received the Special Jury Prize at Kolga Tbilisi Photo.In 2013 was chosen among 12 young photographers from all over the world to attend World Press Photo /Joop Swart Masterclass.In 2014 was named among the world’s best women photographers under the age of 30 (30 Under 30). In 2015 from PDN was named among world’s 30 best emerging photographers to watch.Finalist at Wallis Annenberg Prize.

Works was exhibited in: France, Italy, Spain, USA, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Ukraine and Georgia. Won several grants from OSF and was a curator of various exhibitions.

Author of the first handmade Georgian limited edition (87) photo book “My Place”. Works as a lecturer at GIPA (Georgian Institute of Public Affairs) and Ilia State University.

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