Privet! I’m a Moscow - based steadicam / camera operator and documentary cinematographer with own kit and transport. I shoot documentaries and branded docs as a DP and operate steadicam and camera for narratives and music videos. I started as a writer and photographer for a local newspaper in a Moscow suburb when I was 16. Later on I worked as a freelance photographer on international commissions for The New Yorker, Harpers, The Rolling Stone, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and others. I decided to take up film in 2010 when I was based in Kabul and for a few years I shot and produced documentaries across Central Asia and the Middle East. In 2015, I joined the HBO show Vice News Tonight as a full time DP and producer. I’ve been back to freelancing since January 2019 and so far have been shooting for HBO, Al Jazeera English, Red Bull, VICE Studios, Luis Vuitton and Hulu.


2019 Rory Peck Award Finalist / Final Fight (HBO)
2017 Scripps Howard Award / ISIS Fighters (Univision)
2016 ASME award / Video Award / Russian Roulette (Vice News)
2016 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Prize / Selfie Soldiers (Vice News)
2015 Grand Prix Bayeux for television journalism / Russian Roulette (Vice News)
2015 Emmy nomination / Outstanding Video Journalism (Vice News)
2015 Emmy nomination / Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story (Vice News)


Arri Amira UHD / RAW, Angenieux Optimo 15-40 / 28-76
GPI Pro Titan / Cine Live, Tiffen Exovest, Steadicam Volt
Arri WCU-4, cforce RF, Teradek Bolt 1000, Oconnor 2560
Movi Pro, Movi Remote, SmallHD 703 / 503, Arri UDM
Jackal Rickshaw, Miller ArrowX5, Lectrosonics SRc / SMQV
Sound Devices 552, Sennheiser MKH8060 / MKH416
Sony PXW-FS7 w/ Fujinon MK 18-55 / 50-35, Sunken COS11
BBS Area 48 Soft, BBS Area 48 Color, Arri L5-C


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©Mikhail Galustov 2019
Illustrations by Sasha Svirsky (1-2) and Varya Yakovleva (3)