Maria Baranova
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Fashion Helsinki: Dark

Maria Baranova and Daniela Talvitie, both established photographers in the Finnish fashion circle, joined forces to create Fashion Helsinki: Light and Dark to introduce emerging Finnish designers and models to a global audience. Set up in the Old Customs Warehouse, the site of the upcoming Helsinki Design Week, the photo shoot featured top Finnish models, fashion journalists and bloggers, dressed up by leading Finnish designers. These photographs by Maria Baranova represent the Dark half of the equation.


Full publication at RAWR Magazine

Exhibited: Brooklynphoto Studio, New York, 2012

Make-up: Kata Niemi and Sonja Vanhanen
Hair: Taryn Renee Baker and Katarina Eskelinen
Models: Anette, Julia&Emilia, Helen, Nelly, Elisa, Jenni, Eric
Assistant: Jonas Sjödin




In Paris

I spent several months shooting behind-the-scenes during rehearsals for the world premier of “In Paris”, a play starring dance legend Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Published: Various international and Finnish magazines including The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Hufvudstadsbladet and Helsingin Sanomat

Exhibited: Korjaamo Culture Factory, Helsinki,  2011,
Love&Money series at Hasan&Partners, Helsinki, 2011
"Ballet is the Castle of Beauty". Group exhibition with Nina Alovert and Paul Kolnik, The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg 2013

Ken Mai

Solo work of butho artist Ken Mai: This human body is called a city with eleven gates. The aesthetics of butho inspire and amaze me everytime I see it. 


Ken Mai and Dasha Barabanova
Location: Koko Theatre, Helsinki


Play by 600 HIGHWAYMEN

Location: Abrons Arts Center,
New York
Published: The New York Times


With A Time of SpringThierry Thieû Niang creates a platform where old and young, amateur and professional, text and movement can mix fluidly to tell the story of The Rite of Spring’s infamous opening as told in the diaries of its choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky. A professional actor will read selections from the diaries. The second half of the performance will be a dance piece, inspired by both Nijinsky’s choreography and the themes of The Rite.

Location: The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn


Fashion story by Taylor Horne FT Shoko
Location: The Morgan Club, New York

Published in VanityHype Magazine Issue #25


Jean Paul Gaultier styled crocheted skirt from a tablecloth? Gala gown glued together from 80Тs mens leather jackets? This Fashion story was inspired by Finnish DIY designer Outi Pyy, with her OutsaPop Trashion label she makes fashionable DIY from recycled and discarded materials. Also  featuring Finnish hat designer Fiona Timantti, Brooklyn based hat label Lola Hats and Finnish accessory designers Anna Talvi and Nadia Kuu.

Photography and Concept: Maria Baranova
Fashion: OutsaPop Trashion
Model: Pasha Setrova
Stylist: Sherah Jones
Hair & Make-up: Yenni-K
Location: Secret Works, Brooklyn, New York

Tyra Therman Lingerie Fall 2012

Styling: Tyra Therman
Bondage: Tinttu Henttonen
Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko

Model: Nelly Nilsson 
Light: Jonas Sjödin

Haze: Antti Saarainen
Location: Finland

The Grand Parade

I documented a number of rehearsals of The Grand Parade (of the 20th century) - a swirling kaleidoscope of history inspired by Marc Chagall’s vision of humanity at play, at war, and at rest. 

The Double Edge Theatre (Ashfield, MA)
Performance Kitchen (Baltimore, MD)
Arena Stage (Washington, DC)

Publications in
American Theatre Magazine 4/2013 and various of US and International magazines during the tour.

Make-up & Hair: Satu Huikko
Models: Anna Gorojankina (Fondi Models), Jonas Sjödin, Olga Minina


I have a great passion for abandoned
houses and factories. Feeling of place being
lost in time, textures, colors and history behind them. 

Model: Jonas Sjödin
Collaboration with Antti Saarainen






Photography by Maria Baranova
Model: Taylor Horne
Stylist: Alex London
Headpiece Mouse Fatale by Fiona Timantti
Hair by Evanie Frausto
Make-up by Colleen Martin

Special thanks to Brooklynphoto Studio

Full publication at
Dark Beauty Magazine

Paloni: S/S 2013

Paloni is a Finnish creative design concept store.
Helsinki based store sell pieces that are designed
and made by 80 independent designers.
We shot S/S 13 collection in New York while
Paloni was holding pop-up store during NYFW.
Model: Stephanie Wardi / Fondi
Hair & Make-up: Yenni-K
Styling: Minna Särelä / Outi Pyy
Location: Charlotte´s Soho artist loft

Evolution S/S 2014/SIM Sensitive

Editorial work for Finnish hair product company Sim Sensitive. 

Hair: Harri Tasanko, Reijo Salimäki, Veli-Pekka Syväoja
Clothes&Styling: Samuji
Location: Helsinki, Finland

Tyra Therman Lingerie Spring 2012

My cooperation with Finnish Lingerie designer Tyra Therman begin in 2012. In photos I wanted to unite glamorous pin-up with a modern utilitarian style.

Lingerie: Tyra Therman Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko Models: Anna Gorojankina (Fondi Models) & Laura Pekkarinen

Mert Otsamo Design

I worked closely with Finnish fashion designer Mert Otsamo to accurately express the unique style of his first independent collection.

Сlothes & Styling: Mert Otsamo Hair & Make-up: Tom Wennerstrand Model: Hiu Lume (Paparazzi) Location:Villa Linnunlaulu , Helsinki 2010

Lola Hats Lookbook Fall/Winter 2013

Model: Stephanie Wardi/Fondi
Make-up&Hair: Takashi Ashizawa
Location: New York

REVS Magazine

REVS is a newly launched fashion/art magazine published by SECT ET SEPT. My photo series Collision, aimed to capture the precise moment just before a fight begins.

Styling: Achilles
Hair & Make-up: Pentti Syrjälä
Model: Henna Tolvanen (Brand Model Management) & Siiri Selin (Paparazzi)
Location: Hotel Seurahuone, Helsinki

Published: REVS Magazine, Issue #1: Revolutions

Linda Förstner Collection

Promotion photos for a young German fashion designer Linda Förstner. We took 60' s and made it more modern.

Сlothes: Linda Förstner
Hair & Make-up: Satu Huikko
Model: Nanna Grundfeldt (Paparazzi)

American apartment diary

This project is about my life in the USA, self-portrait’s from different places I lived in. Started as a joke, I soon realized the loneliness and the fear coming from these pictures. The feeling of something missing or being "wrong", really bothers me.

Why? Since, when there is no face or eye contact, human becomes a subject. One of the furniture items in the room. IT. Apart from the human features, it is just a surface for the light and shadows. It is present in the picture, but lacks human attributes.

I imagined myself as a furniture and asked what would be a good place for me to be placed in. Suddenly, I did not control the room anymore, the room controlled me.


Location: New York City (NY), Ashfield (MA), Santa Monica, Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto (CA)

Maria Baranova

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Publications: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Theatre Magazine, The New Yorker, The Moscow Times, Elle India, Time Out NY, Moda Magazine, REVS Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, The Financial Times, Le Figaro, Hufvudstadsbladet, Afisha and more...


Location: New York City, USA; Helsinki, Finland
Languages: Finnish, English, Russian