Born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), raised in Siberia and educated in Siberia and France, Max Sher took up photography in 2006. Having started out as photojournalist he has then moved on into art photography and installation art, still also doing assignments for international print and online media. His work, personal and commissioned, was exhibited both at home and internationally and has appeared in Monocle, Esquire (Russia), le Monde, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Observer The New Review, Libération, Financial Times Weekend, Courrier International, etc. as well as in photography and art publications including Foto8, Fraction, Iskusstvo – The Art Magazine, Dialog of Arts, Flak Photo, Unless You Will, LPV, etc. Sher's first artist book A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz has been published by Treemedia Publishers in 2013. The second book Palimpsests, completing the eponymous 7-year project, was published by Ad Marginem with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation in January 2018 (see Books & More on this website).



Solo exhibitions:

America, Zarya Artist-in-Residence, Vladivostok, June 2017

Horizon, Zarya Artist-in-Residence, Vladivostok, June 2017

Russian Palimpsest at MUAR Museum of Architecture, Moscow, December 2014 - January 2015

A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz one-day show as part of the Museum Night, Lendoc, St. Petersburg, April 30, 2015

Map and Territory, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, 2014

A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz book launch and one-day show, Triumph Gallery, October 28, 2013

Kars, Fotodepartament, St.Petersburg, 2010

Kronstadt: Dreaming of the Past, Fotodepartament, St.Petersburg, 2008

Group exhibitions/Collaborations:

Palimpsests as part of New Landscape, a group show at Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg, March - May 2018

Map and Territory as part of Phantom Pain Clinic at Jimei-Arles Int'l Photo Festival, Xiamen, November 2017 - January 2018

Horizon as part of Metageography, Pushkin House, London, September - October 2017

Ban on Image as part of Silent Voices, National Center for Contemporary Art and St. Petersburg Museum of History, St. Petersburg, September - October 2017

Infrastructural Ethnography (in collaboration with Antonina Shadrina) as part of the Zeroeth Arctic Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Art, Yakutsk, December 2016

245 Khruschev Building Entrances as part of Inner Modernism, a group show as part of the Parallel Program to the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Ground Peschanaya Gallery, Moscow, June-July 2016

A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz book as part of Special Edition show at Metenkov House of Photography, Yekaterinburg, April-May 2016 

Surface of Writing (in collaboration with Alina Belishkina), Vertical Gallery, St. Petersburg, 3-13 December 2015

Map and Territory as part of Metageography, a special project to the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, 24 September 2015 - 7 February 2016

Mari.Research / Chuvash. Research, a group show as part of Triumph Gallery's multidisciplinary initiative Department of Research Arts, 10 February - 8 March 2015, Winzavod, Moscow

Palimpsests as part of Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, January - March 2015

Palimpsests as part of Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, Calvert 22 Gallery, London, June 18 - August 17, 2014

Palimpsests as part of Urban Landscapes, P46 Gallery, Camogli, 20 July  - 31 August 2014

Palimpsests as part of the Uglich International Photo Festival, Uglich, 6-10 August 2014

Palimpsests as part of Moskovia. Research, Museum of Applied Arts, Moscow June 18 - July 17, 2014

A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz book as part of Unfolding Images, a juried photo book exhibition at Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, December 2-30, 2013

Residence Permit (with Egor Zaika), Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2012

Madre Russia, Museo Civico, Asolo, 2012

Vice Photo Show 2012, Photohub_Manometr, Moscow, 2012

EAST: Young Eastern European Photography, Kaunas, 2011

Photomonth Cracow, 2011

Kaunas Photo Festival, 2010

2nd Moscow Biennale of Architecture, a commission for Praktika Architects, Moscow, 2010

EAST: Young Eastern European Photography, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, 2010 

Young Russian Photography, Manege Central Exhibitions Hall, St. Petersburg, 2009

Aleppo Int’l Photo Festival, 2009

2Young, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2009

EAST: Young Eastern European Photography, by Anzenberger Agency, Brick5, Vienna, 2008



A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz, Treemedia Publishers, Moscow, 2013

Palimpsests, Ad Marginem Press, Moscow, 2018

See Books & More on this website.


Collective Book Projects:

This Day of Change, Kodansha Courrier Japon Publishers, 2009

EAST, Anzenberger Agency, Moser Verlag, 2008



2017 - Zarya Artist-in-Residence, Vladivostok

2015 -  Shortlist, Barcelona International Photography Awards (BIPA)

           Shortlist, Athens Photo Festival (2 projects)

           Artist Residency in Kronstadt, National Center for Contemporary Art

2013 - Finalist, Cord Prize

2008 - Nominated for KLM Paul Huf Award



Email: maxim.sher@gmail.com

Skype: abel-djassi

Mobile: +7 915 498 85 92