Head of the photography division of the Moscow bureau of the Associated Press, (AP)
Alexander Zemlianichenko is a prominent Russian photojournalist born on May 7, 1950, in Saratov, Russia.
He has been working for the Associated Press in Moscow since 1990. He has traveled extensively, covering news stories throughout the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
He was one of five AP photographers who won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for his snapshots of the failed Soviet coup attempt of 1991. He also was a finalist in the 1995 Pulitzer competition for his photographs of the war in Chechnya, Russia.
Zemlianichenko received his second Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for a photo of Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert. The same photo won a World Press Photo award in 1996. He was later invited twice to be a jury member at World Press Photo.
Zemlianichenko was awarded by the Overseas Press Club of America two times in 1992 and 1997, respectively.
He has been the chief photographer for the Moscow bureau of the Associated Press covering Russia, CIS, Georgia and the Baltics since 1999.