Gulnara Khamatova was born in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russia.
She has been working as a photographer since 2000.
Education: Art School in Kazan and MA in journalism, Kazan State University.
Born in the capital of the Tatarstan Republic in Russia, east of Moscow, Gulnara Khamatova got involved into creativity and art since her early years. She studied drawing in a local art school and then graduated from the Kazan State University as a journalist. During her career she was a radio host, reporter and editor. In 2000 she switched to portrait photography from writing. The first experience of taking pictures of singers, actors and sportsmen led her to the understanding of how she can become the medium between the person’s talent and the spectator.
In 2003 she moved to Moscow and got involved to the jazz community. Years of work as a jazz photographer enriched her portfolio of pictures of outstanding legends of jazz, as Al Foster, McCoy Tyner, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman and more.
Her pilgrimage to New York started at 2010 with an assignment as a photographer for a recording session of a Russian jazz pianist with American jazzmen. This unbelievable experience convinced her to come back to get to know more about the jazz scene in NYC. Since that time she has been staying in NYC twice a year. She worked with and made photo sessions for many jazz musicians in the US: Yellowjackets, Christian Scott, Kenyatta Beasley, Jeremy Pelt, Dezron Douglas, Ulysses Owens, Jason Marshall, Tivon Penniscott, Tatum Greenblatt, Charenee Wade, JD Walter, Marianne Solivan, Brianna Thomas and many more.
Her approach to the creative flow of musicianship was marked by the Jazz Journalist Association who have chosen her photo for the shortlist of the JJA Awards in 2010.
In June 2016 Gulnara was the official photographer of the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival JazzLive.
In January 2017 and 2018 Gulnara was the official photographer of the Winter Jazz Festival.
Focusing on people and their personalities, Gulnara Khamatova reflects the essence of portrait photography: stay true and emphasise the good in people and life. Her works include family “reportage” photography depicting the day in a life of parents and kids, special occasions and precious moments with newborns, weddings and many other situations that one can share only with a person he trusts.