Alexander  Vasiljev  Photography

Washington DC photographer Alexander Vasiljev


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Award winning photographer Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev began studying fine art, but ultimately received his degree in biology with a major in botany. He went on to curate major tropical orchid collections in Ukraine, Russia and the United States. While living in Moscow, he had the opportunity to study photography under the mentorship of distinguished Russian landscape photographer, Boris Mashkov.


Since immigrating to the United States in 1993, Vasiljev’s work has been exhibited in galleries and is part of many private collections worldwide. Several of his photographs are now part of the permanent collection at the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Washington, DC. His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has been published in the following magazines: Audubon, Home & Décor (Thailand), Nature’s Best Photography, Photo+ (S. Korea), Fine Gardening, Washingtonian, Orchids, Ecuador Infinito (Ecuador).


Vasiljev works in conceptual, fine art, portraiture, wildlife and commercial photography. His studio is located in Sarasota, Florida.


 by Alexander Vasiljev


"Rainforest Revered. Wilderness of Costa Rica" bookThis book is a culmination of a decade of work and endless hours spent photographing in the rainforest. A.Vasiljev’s 181 breathtaking images communicate the significance and beauty of the rainforest and introduce the reader to Costa Rica’s natural history.


Prepare yourself for a virtual hike through the lush Lowland Rainforest, and then succumb to the mysterious side of the Montane Cloud Forest. Vasiljev, biologist and award-winning photographer, has captured moments that create an intimate portrait of Costa Rica’s rainforest. Accompanying each photograph are narratives and facts. A separate chapter is devoted to the photography equipment used and valuable tips on how to prepare for photography in the rainforest.


"Rainforest Revered. Wilderness of Costa Rica" will “wow” every nature enthusiast and photography connoisseur, opening a window to Costa Rica’s stunning animal, plant life and tropical landscape.


Amazon logo "Rainforest Revered. Wilderness of Costa Rica" book

13" x 11"


Hardcover, Dust Jacket

224 pages, 181 color photographs, 3 maps

Blurb logo "Rainforest Revered. Wilderness of Costa Rica" book

8" x 10"

Hardcover, ImageWrap

221 pages, 189 color photographs, 3 maps

iBooks Store "Rainforest Revered. Wilderness of Costa Rica" book


designed for iPad

221 pages, 189 color

high resolution photographs, 3 maps


coming in winter 2020





by Alexander Vasiljev


Upcoming new photography book by A.Vasiljev encompasses over a decade of extensive travels through Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru to photograph orchids in their natural habitats. A brief preface with emphasis on tropical America orchids will introduce the reader to the colorful and abundant world of tropical orchids.


Arranged alphabetically, the book will illustrate over 350 species from 29 genera, including many photographs of their environments. The photographs in the book will dazzle the viewer with their vibrant colors and clarity.


Not intended as an orchid identification book, it will be useful as a visual reference for more or less common orchids. Travelers will recognize these species while visiting forest sites in tropical America, especially those of Costa Rica and Ecuador.


This book will be available as a hard copy and iBook, and will make the perfect gift for an orchid enthusiast or anyone who appreciates high quality photography.

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