Russian photographer Sasha Gusov was first introduced to photography at the age of 13. He moved to England in 1989. Becoming a photographer in England was not a simple matter and initially he lived a hand to mouth existence getting work wherever he could before finding a job with the printer Roy Snell who, when not working, allowed him access to the dark room for his own photography.
Sasha established his credentials as ‘an image maker with something to say’ in 1993 when a self commissioned photographic project ‘Images of the Bolshoi Ballet’s’, taken during the company’s 1992 London tour, was published by the British Journal of Photography. This beautiful and remarkable behind the scenes study of dancers, musicians and onlookers offered a social and narrative dimension to the everyday life of ballet which was both new and innovative.
Sasha is a photographer intrigued by the human comedy of manners and his archive is a richly diverse and interesting resource of portraits of leading artists from theatre, (Peter Hall, Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, Alfred Molina, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance, David Tennant, Ewan Mcgregor), music (Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Berezovsky, Yuri Bashmet, Bryn Terfel, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Rodney Bennett, Evgeny Kissin ) and dance (Darcey Bussell, Irek Mukhamedov). We’ve even slipped in some great images of Everything But The Girl.
His work is widely published throughout the world. Photographic books include: 25 years in Photography (2014); Belarus: Terra Incognita (2010); Royal Parks (2011 ); Locusts (2008); Italian Carousel (2003); Shooting Images (2001).