Dimitri Tolstoi is an artist who found his calling at a very early age. The son of Count Serge Tolstoy, his childhood was steeped in the influential art and literature of the Russian aristocracy.
He inherited his passion for photography from his great-grandmother, Sofia Andreevna Tolstoy (the wife of the famous author Leo Tolstoy).
By the age of 14, Dimitri had already developed a deep interest and a natural gift for photography. His favorite past time was taking portraits of his family members and still life shots of various objects in his bedroom, which had become his first studio, with the nearby bathroom as his first laboratory for developing black and white film.
At the age of 21, after earning his Baccalaureate degree from Janson de Sailly high school in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly and completing his military duty with the armed forces, he decided to convert his passion into his profession. The quality of his work and level of dedication to perfection earned him a position as first assistant to a major French advertising agency’s photo department.