Anna Hahoutoff is a Russian photographer born in 1993. Anna is currently living between France and America and working on a large scale photography project gathering series, documenting each American state. Very much influenced by American and mass consumption visual history, Anna’s works pertain to pop culture, icon and dictatorship imagery. With Americana, her core photographic work, she reveals the beauty and efficiency of the American dream imagery looking through a Russian lens. Shooting almost exclusively in digital and color, Anna’s photographs navigate textures, shapes and colors. Her scenic, rhythmic series all intertwine and together knit a canvas where her journeys seeking spiritualism appear clearly. Hahoutoff is an active member of the Live Wild Collective. Working as a photographer for the past two years, she’s seen her works published worldwide both online and in print.
Although I was born the other side of Atlantic ocean, my heritage was tinted with the power of American imagery. My eyes bathing in commercials, movies, and everything else that life was at the time, bathing in various pieces of a puzzle called the American dream.
Soon I realized everything had a visual appeal, it all seemed arranged in such proficient order, as if it were standing still for me – only waiting for a photograph to be taken.
I started working on my largest project so far, entitled Americana, for which I have spent time photographing and documenting the differences as well as the similarities between each and every American state. Far from the ubiquitous American road-trip diary, my work aims to explore an often neglected aspect of the American landscape that is nature.
Playing on repetition, thus suggesting and illustrating my own pace in each state, I am looking at textures, shapes, colors, I am talking about matters of spiritual nature, hoping to eventually lift the veil on the mysteries of Native American culture. I put together series of photographs and document my time meticulously. The recurrence and mirroring of themes aspire to set a certain rhythm in motion to the photographic works, following my own odyssey, scenic and vibrant alike.