Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). After the fall of the Soviet Union, Igor moved to California in the early 90s. He studied molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he first started to take pictures and experiment in the darkroom.

Initial infatuation with picture-taking led Igor to explore the silent and haunting experience of walking after dark on the streets of Los Angeles and Tijuana. Collision of social and typical with personal and psychological, this first series of images “No Such Records” savors the strange solitude of the enigmatic region between California and Mexico; amid the streets, bars, night shelter hotels, and disappearing night figures.

After 14 years, Igor returned to St. Petersburg in 2006, taking up photography full time, which led to a book project entitled“Past Perfect Continuous”, published by Red Hook Editions in 2017.

In 2022, Igor publishes his second monograph, entitled, “Cargó.” The book is a visual exloration of psychological aspects of migration and gradual disappearance of neighborhoods based on immigrant communities in North America.

At present, Igor is based in New York.

Igor’s work has been shown in North America, Europe, Russia, and Southeast Asia.

He joined Prospekt Photographers agency as a full memebr in 2011.


based in Brooklyn, New York

b. Leningrad, USSR (St. Petersburg, Russia)


Molecular and cell biology, University of California, Los Angeles



2022 Cargó. Monograph, published by Red Hook Editions, 152 pages. ISBN 978-1-737681-41-0.

2017  Past Perfect Continuous. Monograph, published by Red Hook Editions, 160 pages. ISBN 978-1-9417030-2-1.

2015  Mono Volume Two, Contemporary Black and White Photography. Selected images and chapters. Various artists and writers: Daido Moryiama, Christian Coujole. Published by Gomma Books. ISBN 978-0-9574145-2-5.

2012  The Americans List. Collection of essays conceived and complied by Jason Eskenazi on Robert Frank’s photographs in The Americans. Selected essay, published by Red Hook Editions. ISBN 978-0-9841954-0-8.

Selected Publications:

2022 The Washington Post, “Introspective Photos of Migration”, Kenneth Dickerman.

2019 Preto Magazine, Issue 7

2018  Photo-Eye, “Past Perfect Continuous”, Collier Brown.

2017  The New York Times, “Finding Visual Poetry in Russia”, Rena Silverman.

2017  Black+White Photography Magazine, “Home and Away”, Donatella Montrone, Winter issue.

2017  L’oeil de la Photographie, “Visceral Photography of Igor Posner”, Laurence Cornet.

2017  Lensculture, “Back to Petersburg”, Lev Feigin.

2017  Lomography Magazine, “Literature in Photography”, Interview.

2017  Riot Material Magazine, “Igor Posner’s Past Perfect Continuous”, Jason Eskenazi.

2017  Photobooks UK, “Past Perfect Continuous”, Robert Dunn.

2015  Burn Magazine, Excerpts from “Cargó”.

2014  Coil Magazine, Selected images from “Cargó”.

2013  Esquire (Russia), “On Second Thoughts”, Selected images.

2010  Burn Magazine, “Notes from Underground”.

Selected Exhibitions

2018    Past Perfect Continuous, Curated by Lina Pallotta, Fotoleggendo. Rome, Italy.

2017    Artifice/Precipice, Curated by Myriam Grigalashvili, Kolga. Tbilisi, Georgia.

2012    Second Thoughts, Nuit de L'Annee. Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie. Arles, France.

2009   Soot, Museum of the History of Photography. St. Petersburg, Russia.


Museum of Modern Art Library, New York

Museum of the History of Photography, St. Petersburg

Lectures, Teaching

Penumbra Foundation, New York

Paris College of Art, France

The New School Univesity, Parsons School of Design, New York

The School of Visual Arts, New York

Chico Review, MT, USA

Notable Collaborations

2017   “Return of not Returning,” short story by Mary Di Lucia, written for Past Perfect Continuous. Editing.

2017   Accompaniments by Mary Di Lucia, literary fiction, Red Hook Editions. Book design and photography.

2015  “In the Footsteps,” live performance by composer and musician Sahil Vasudeva inspired by and performed to the images of Igor Posner.

2014    Little Everywhere by Malik Crumpler, collection of poems, Anais Edition. Cover design and photography.


2021-2023   Managing partner at Red Hook Editions, Brooklyn based independent publishing company.

2020    Curator of Photobook series for Ritual Collective.

2011    Became a full members of Prospekt Photographers, photo agency based in Milan, Italy.