Maria Maksak is a photographer whose entire website is in Russian. So, while we can't tell you much about her, we can tell you this girl knows a good crop when she sees one. Her tight shots bring out both beauty and intimacy.
Alex Katz is a Russian painter born in New York. Katz studied painting at Cooper Union under Morris Kantor (also a Russian artist) in the early 1940's. He was heavily influenced by advertisements, billboards, and films of the 60's, which lead to his "dramatic crops" and large scale portrait paintings.