Maria Turchenkova works as freelance photographer and focuses mostly on the underreported stories in the field of human rights violations, social and humanitarian issues in conflict and post-conflict environments.


In 2011-2013 she has worked independently on a project ‘Hidden War’ in Dagestan Republic (Russia), which became a flashpoint between the state security forces and armed Islamist insurgency.


During 2014 she reported extensively from the war in Ukraine.


In 2015 Maria moved to Beirut and focused on reporting from the Middle East. She documented the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, covered the military operation against ISIL in Iraq, explored the challenges the Syrian refugees faced in Lebanon and Jordan.


Maria Turchenkova was commissioned by: TIME Magazine, Le Monde, UNFPA, The Guardian, Der Speigel, ARTE, The Times,

De Volkskrant, Novaya Gazeta, and others.

In 2013 she was competitively selected for World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and for Getty Reportage Emerging talent.

In 2014 Maria was named as “PDN’s 30:New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”. In 2015 she was granted Paul Klebnikov Civil Society Fellowship in Harriman Institute/ Columbia University. In 2016 her work from Yemen was chosen to be exhibited during the World Humanitarian Summit.