Vladimir Antoshchenkov was born in 1933 in Leningrad. In 1957 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Leningrad Institute of Civil Engineering. In 1974 he received the PhD degree at architecture. Since then, Antoshchenko was engaged in photography and presented the first series of works about Leningrad at the personal exhibition in the House of Architects. He currently teaches at the Department of Urbanism and Urban Design of St. Petersburg University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
He is justly called «the most famous architect among photographers.» A unique style — a combination of a strict, verified solution of the frame with subtle humour and unconcealed love for the city — made Vladimir Antoschenkov one of the most famous photo chroniclers of St. Petersburg. His hometown became his primary source of architectural inspiration, which is confirmed by Vladimir Antoschenkov’s numerous albums «Architecture of St. Petersburg. XX Century», «Poetry of St. Petersburg», «Roofs of St. Petersburg», «Petersburg Courts», among others.
There is one topic that the photographer would like to continue; the notions of Soviet Industry as soon there will be no old factories at all. His photographs Moloch (1999) and Exquisite Design (2000) are classic examples of this theme. The works of the photographer are included in museum collections, including the State Russian Museum, the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO.