After studying photojournalism at the Galperin Faculty of Photojournalism in Saint Petersburg, Pavel started working as a freelance photographer for a variety of publications. Then in 2014, aged 27, he moved to Moscow to take on the post of staff photographer at the Evening Moscow newspaper. Since 2015, Pavel has shot for a variety of photo agencies and his images have been used by a wide range of international organisations including The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Stern, Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, the BBC, Greenpeace, VICE and The Institute. "I think the turning point for me was when one of my photo stories was published in The New York Times, both online and in print. It was a remarkable opportunity for me and the first time that I felt I was really getting somewhere in this industry," says Pavel.
As well as seeing his work exhibited in Russia, it has also appeared internationally, including at Visa pour l'Image International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France. "That was another key moment for me," he says. "My story about football hooligans was included in the programme at the festival and shown on the big screen in front of a large audience of photographers and editors from around the world. I was unbelievably happy, but the most important thing was that I began to believe in my own talent. I realised that I had chosen the right path and I shouldn't give up."