Raina Vlaskovska graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Photography at the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts – Krustyo Sarafov, Sofia, Bulgaria, and in 2016 became a Master of Fine Arts at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway. She is a member of the Association for Photographic Fine Arts in Norway (FFF, Forbundet Frie Fotografer).


She has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Bulgaria, Norway, Slovakia, India, Poland, USA and Switzerland. Some of her most notable appearances are: Bergeners, House of Photography, Oslo, Norway (solo exhibition, 2018); 13 + 1, 4X5 collodion portraits, Eraser Gallery – Sofia, Bulgaria (solo exhibition, 2013), Objective Awareness, pinhole photography, Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia (solo exhibition, 2011); We Are All Photographers Now!, The Elise Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland (2007). In 2019 she held a joint exhibition with Christian 'Gaahl' Espedal at the Fjaler Gallery, Bergen and is part of the annual Autumn Salon for Fine Arts in Norway.


She has also won numerous awards including: Day of Photography 2015, Preus Museum of Photography in Norway, Horten – honorable mention (2015); Black and White Photography, Center for the Fine Arts, Fort Collins, Colorado – first place (2010); Goa International Pinhole Photography Contest – honorary winner (2009).



In her photographic practice over the last seven years Raina Vlaskovska has been entirely committed to the wet collodion process, which was discovered in 1851 and until 1880 was the most common photographic process; photographic sources that have been preserved since the Victorian era and the American Civil War were primarily created with the technique of the wet collodion process.


For her Master's project, Raina worked on a series of wet collodion portraits of some of the iconic musicians from the Black Metal scene in Bergen, amongst which: Kristian Espedal 'Gaahl', Ørjan Stedjeberg 'Hoest', Eirik Hundvin 'Pytten' and Jørn Inge Tunsberg.


In the early 1990s in Norway the second wave of the Black Metal subculture emerges, mostly notable for church arsons, series of murders and a suicide. It is a real challenge for Raina Vlaskovska to work with musicians representing this extreme and aggressive music genre. Some have been jailed for violence, assault and church arsons, but in the intimate and gloomy atmosphere of the photo studio, they stand motionless for minutes in front of her large-format camera to create a wet collodion portrait.