In 1986 Alexander Degtyarev graduated from the All-Union State Cinematography Institute (VGIK, Photography dept, studio of V. Tchumak). He worked as a photographer for feature films and documentaries in Moscow and Sain Petersburg (Leningrad) studios: Telefilm, LSDF (Leningrad Studio for Documentary Films), The Screen, The Person (TVC).
Alexander cooperated with such well-known Russian filmmakers as Dinara Asanova, Igor Shadkhan, Yury Koltun, V. Latyshev.
Photographer in the following Sokurov's films:
19841987 Evening Sacrifice (with a group of photographers)
1998 The Dialogues with Solzhenitsyn
2001 Elegy of a Voyage