Misha Maslennikov was born in 1964 in the settlement of Dobroe close to Moscow.
During 1981-1983 years he studied at Art School #75, got the qualification of architectural designer-constructor.
During 2002-2005 years Misha studied at theological department of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University.
In the period of 1985-1992 he worked in reproduction centre of the State Publishing House the "Press" (previous name "Pravda") as a retoucher and an operator of electronic color splitting and color correcting machine. At the same time Misha Maslennikov got experienced in the following fields: photo reproduction, contacts, photomontage, he was busy in graphic, fonts and painting in art studious of Moscow painters Dmitry and Andrey Bisty, Vladimir Brainin.
In 1993-1998 he worked as an assistant of head of printing department at the design agency of the company "Videoservice", became professional in control of printing process, graphic design, pre-printing photo preparation.
During 2001-2002 he was engaged as an art-director in the project "Byzantium.ru" of charity organization “The Centre of Help to Development of Orthodox art "Byzantine".
He began traveling in the Russian North in 2002. The main areas are single expeditions to the places difficult of access, visiting and co-operation with cenobites of active monasteries, sketes, with keepers of ancient temples, pogosts, studying the way of life of modern hermits, anchorites, real intercourse and contacts with backwoodsmen.
Since the middle of 2005 Misha goes in for field reportage photography and begins thinking seriously about the photographic process as a way of the particular conveyance of author ideas in a missionary vein. At present Misha Maslennikov continues his work on private and public projects in documentary photography, individual and group expeditions according to a given subject, collection of materials, visual ethnography.
In 2008 he triggered the arrangement of photoclub under gallery "Pheophania".
Since 2010 – a member of the Russian Photounion.
Since 2010 – a member of the Russian Geography Society.