Olga Kravets is a journalist by education. She started to take photographs as an alternative means of expression in Russia, where press freedom continues to be a struggle. Filmmaking came naturally after that, a love at first sight. She decided not to choose among the three mediums but combine them all for the sake of the story, be it a week-long reportage or a long-term project.
She is fluent in English, Russian and French. She has working knowledge of Serbo-Croatian and Ukrainian, but she also enjoys working in countries where she does not speak the language.
In 2018, she accomplished her longest project up to date, Grozny: Nine Cities. Since 2009 she explored the complexity of the aftermath of the two gruesome wars in the tiny North Caucasian republic of Chechnya. Together with Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko, they produced a three-screen installation, a web-documentary that won the 2014 Prix-Bayeux Calvados for war correspondents and a book that launched at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, in Arles, accompanied by an exhibition of the project during the festival.
Currently she is working on a documentary feature set across Europe, taking pictures, filming and directing for media, institutions and companies, as well as teaching documentary storytelling. She works principally in ex-USSR, Europe and Middle East and she is always happy to expand her geography.
THE UNLIKELY TERRORISTS
Since 2014, Olga Kravets has been documenting a community of Russian converts to Islam in Turkey. They had been persecuted for their faith in Russia and had to flee. The current Russian state, heavily building upon the Orthodox Christian identity, wants to control the country’s Muslim population.
A 2015 reportage from inside the regime-held areas of Syria in Damascus, Homs, Maaloula and Krak de Chevaliers.
A cross-media project on the aftermath of two Chechen wars between 2009 and 2018.