Nailya Alexander Gallery has been a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) since 2000. Before opening her first gallery space in 2004, in the New York Gallery Building at 24 W 57th Street, Nailya Alexander had been a private art consultant in Washington, DC. In 2010, she moved her gallery to the iconic Fuller Building at 41 E 57th Street, where it remained for over ten years. In summer 2020, the gallery transitioned its exhibitions to an online platform, and is currently showing work by private appointments.
Nailya Alexander Gallery is committed to fine-art photography, with a special emphasis on masterfully crafted prints, each of which is a unique art object in itself. The gallery represents a roster of internationally established contemporary artists, including towering figures in the history of photography and master printmakers such as George Tice (b. 1938, Newark), Denis Brihat (b. 1928, Paris), Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950, Helsinki), and Alexey Titarenko (b. 1962, St. Petersburg); as well as innovative artists and photographers such as Ingar Krauss (b. 1965, East Berlin), Ann Rhoney (b. 1953, Niagara Falls), Albarrán Cabrera (b. 1969, Spain), and Lucretia Moroni (b. 1960, Milan).
The gallery also has a special interest and expertise in early Soviet avant-garde photography and photomontage (1920s-1930s), as well as early Socialist Realist works, and is the preeminent gallery in the United States for works from this period. Nailya Alexander Gallery is proud to represent the estates of pioneers of Soviet photography Boris Ignatovich (1899-1976) and Arkady Shaikhet (1898-1959). The gallery also maintains an inventory of rare vintage photographs by Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891–1956), Georgy Petrusov (1903-1971), Georgy Zelma (1906–1984), Yakov Khalip (1908–1980), and Sergey Shimansky (1898–1972), among others.