Shortlisted Artist in Sony World Photography Awards Accused of Plagiarism

Shortlisted Artist in Sony World Photography Awards Accused of Plagiarism

In late February, artist Anka Zhuravleva noticed a shockingly similar photograph to her own shortlisted for the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. In an image by Portugal-based photographer Anka Zhuravleva, a breathless woman in a green dress floats, grasping a red sphere, in a gently lit hallway. She’s surrounded by other hovering red spheres, drifting like balloons. “Distorted Gravity” (2011) is a dreamy, whimsical shot, part of a larger project that, explained Zhuravleva to Hyperallergic, “is…

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Anka Zhuravleva – from Modeling in Playboy to Working in the Darkroom

Anka Zhuravleva – from Modeling in Playboy to Working in the Darkroom

ANKA ZHURAVLEVA (BORN ANNA BELOVA) Anka was born on December 4, 1980 in Moscow, Russia. She spent her childhood with books on art and her mothers’ drawing tools, covering acres of paper with her drawings. In 1997 she entered the Moscow Architectural Institute deciding to follow in her mothers’ footsteps. But at the end of 1997 her mother was diagnosed with cancer and died in less that a year. Then her father died in 1999. After…

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