Maxim Drozdov was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and began his career as an editorial photographer. In 2004 he completed his studies in cinematography at the Saint Petersburg University for Film and Television where he was DOP on several shorts and documentaries and then went on to shoot The Lighthouse (2006), Paper Soldier (2008) and Bibinur (2009). Together, they have received the award for Best Cinematography at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival and Russia’s 2009 NIKA Awards for their work on Paper Soldier as well as an APSA nomination.
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