Photographer and professor at the Department of Cinematography of the Karpenko-Kary Institute (lighting and photographic composition), Igor Gaïdaï was born on January 22, 1961 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Since 1967 he lives in Kyiv. In 1985 he graduated from the film department of the Karpenko-Kary Theatre Institute in Kyiv. From 1987 to 1991, he was an artist-photographer in the studio Dovzhenko in Kyiv. In 1991 he founded the studio GAIDAI and the gallery Kamera. He is the author of three photographic monographs. He participated in the creation of the Union of Photographers of Ukraine.