Irina Chmyreva, PhD. Born in Krasnodar, lives in Moscow, Russia, is currently senior researcher of photography in Department of Russian Art of XX c, teaching since 1996 in different education programs in many countries, making portfolio review at different international and local photo-events. Since 1999 she is an assistant professor (docent) at the Department of Art Book Design at Moscow State University of Printing Arts, head researcher at the Department of Photographic Projects and Collections in ROSIZO State Center for Museums and Exhibitions of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation (1999-2003). Before she worked as head researcher at Photography and Multi-Media Department of Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).

She was co-founder and art-director of 1st edition of PANDUS contemporary art festival in Moscow (2007) and art-director of International festival of photography PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Russia (2008, 2009). Now Irina is co-founder of Russian web-server on photography (1999), member of international editorial boards of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Russia USA, France magazines.

She has organized several exhibitions of Russian old and contemporary photography as for MMOMA as for other institutions in Denmark (2008), China (2009) etc.

Curator, editor, writer, lecturer on the theory and history of photography. Artistic director of the PhotoVisa festival since est. 2007.