Often he is the subject of photos but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is a good photographer in his own right. Sometimes he jokes around and photographs the press. In many journalistic circles Mr. Medvedev is called Russia’s “photographer-in-chief.”
Over the years photography and reading have become his main hobbies. Well, in addition to caring for the fish in his office aquarium. He studied science and law and achieved a PhD in law and seems to have acquired the talent for taking photos from hours of practice and mastering techniques from others around him.
Tonight our vkontake account (Russian social media similar to Facebook) held 9 more of his most recent shots, this one from the family’s recent December trip to the ancient city of Vladimir (1,000 years old) where they spent the New Year holiday. Vladimir is a Medvedev family favourite as this was their second consecutive year in Vladimir for the family’s annual New Year celebration.
For those wondering, Medvedev’s photos are downloaded on his beloved Mac afterwards and he enjoys playing with Photoshop to create various effects. The President enjoys taking a variety of pictures, from his travels to Russian citizens and especially nature.
Pulitzer Prize winning Sasha Zemlianichenko will tell you that Medvedev has an eye and understands the use of light and colour balance. Once on a presidential trip, Medvedev asked about Zemlianichenko’s Canon as Medvedev was not happy with his Nikon.
While sometimes Medvedev can be seen with a professional Canon in his hands, on most days you’ll find him sporting new Leica S2 and Leica M9 cameras. The cost of that Leica S2 medium format DSLR? $20,000+ and likely much more for the added accessories.
Ahem, if one of us were to give him a few pointers about how to hold and manage that camera he would likely be appreciative.
Many of his photos are taken on presidential trips during times of travel and also on holidays with his family. Medvedev’s wife Svetlana and son Ilya admire his nifty camerawork as well.
Even if you don’t understand Russian you will find this professional gallery display of President Dmitry Medvedev’s photography to be very interesting.
This past August 2011 Mr. Medvedev got his chance to do some underwater photography when fishing on the Volga river in southern Russia with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. It was on that trip that the two men finalized the decision for Mr. Putin to run again for president in March 2012.
On most days he is the “focus” of a camera lens.
Then there are days when the photographer can enjoy being on both sides of the camera as shown in the picture below.
Photographs: Dmitry Medvedev, the Presidential Press Service, the Mendeleyev Journal.