Irina Kholodna was born in Kharkov (Ukraine). She studied mathematics and received a PhD degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2001. Since 2002 she has been living in Berlin.
Her lifelong strong interest in visual art and sketching developed in 2009 into a passion for photography. In 2010 she took classes in photography at Imago Fotokunst School in Berlin under the supervision of Andreas Rost. After that she participated in various seminars at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie under the supervision of Linn Schröder, Joakim Eskildsen.
Currently Irina’s most preferred technique is colour film. She is mostly interested in straight unstaged photography. The classical qualities — light, colour, composition — are of great importance to her.
Creating photobooks is one of Irina’s main interests. Her books „The Dutch Album“ (2015, self-published), „New Pastorals“ (2016, self-published), „Pictures for Alice“ (2017, self-published) were shortlisted and won at various competitions and festivals.
Irina presented her works at a number of group and personal exhibitions in Berlin, Cambridge, Osnabrück, Athens, Bozen, Copenhagen, Nürnberg.
One of her contract works was photographing for the „Bildwelt“ project of the Ludwigsburg music festival 2016 (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele).
She is a member of UPHA (Ukrainian Photographic Alternative).