Evgeny Popov grew up in Lviv, in the Western part of the Ukraine. He moved to Russia when he was 16 to finish his degree in International Economy at University. Evgeny received a scholarship at Chadron State College in Nebraska in 2010 to obtain a masters in Business Administration. Evgeny was a professional judo athlete from the age of 13 until 23. He competed in national and international tournaments. An injury to his knee and the scholarship opportunity in US, changed his career path.
Once Evgeny arrived in NYC in 2012 he realized he had the opportunity to make photography a profession. He started working at Milk Studio and went on to assist some of the best photographers in the industry including Craig McDean, Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier, Davis Sims and Solve Sundsbo.
Story telling through his photography is important to Evgeny and he is inspired by the cinematography of Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Jean Luc Godard and Jim Jarmusch. Fashion photography from the early 1990’s is a great reference point for Evgeny with the likes of Peter Lindbergh and Max Vadukul.
Evgeny is working on a documentary photo project portraying people in Ukraine, which will result in a book. The project started when he went home for one month to photograph athletes at the gym he used to train in. The project was seen by fashion designer, Thom Browne, who sent Evgeny back to the Ukraine with a suitcase full of clothes.