Igor Zotin was born in 1939 in Yakutsk. Since 1940 he lives and works in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys. In those same years, he came to the Photo Club in the House of Culture of the newspaper «Pravda». His first personal photo exhibition took place in 1969 in the House of Culture of the «Pravda» publishing house.
In the same year, on the recommendation of Vsevolod Tarasevich, he became a student of the photo correspondent of the Press News Agency (APN), then a photo correspondent of the Main Editorial Board of the APN photo information. In 1976 he came to the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS). He currently works as an ITAR TASS consultant and is a winner of the 1990 Union of Journalists of the USSR Prize.
The most famous and popular photograph of Igor Zotin is Kalininsky Prospekt (1979). To get a mirror reflection of the letters of the USSR (an element of the festive decoration of the street), watering machines had to be driven. The picture turned out to be large-scale, bright and memorable.
Igor Zotin is the author of the project «Malaya Rodina» on small cities around Moscow, which featured 350 photographs that were exhibited in 19 cities and towns of Russia. Igor Zotin was awarded the prize of the Union of Journalists of the USSR «For the journalistic disclosure of the theme «Small Homeland «.