Maksimilian Dikarev is a self-taught photographer. He was born in Russia and spent his formative years in Brooklyn, New York.
Over the last two decades Maksimilian has delved into digital and large format film, most notably an exploration of a near-extinct medium: Polaroid film.
He is uniquely drawn to Polaroids because of its tactile nature. Its permanence and the distinctive quality of each individual Polaroid is unmistakable; the images are impossible to duplicate. Maksimilian describes his process as painstaking and challenging, slower than the fast pace of today’s photographers.
Maksimilian’s artistic focus is the female nude, and with his distinctive knowledge of the human form, his nudes express a unique fluidity and sensitivity. His work is bold, evocative, sensual, and genuinely concerned with evoking the personality of his subjects, reminiscent of the stylized compositions of Robert Mapplethorpe.