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This 3-year project explores the connection between the cityscape and the travelling person, enhanced by compelling and memorable colours, and in particular how these elements shape memories of the experience.
The highly attractive colour spaces in an almost geometric system intersected by chromatically passing images represent man and the environment in the secondary, and so every observer is offered the privilege to establish contact with the depicted, to build a personal emotional connection before he understands what they represent.
In the blurred line between photography and the poster, the author experiments with statics and geometry in the image, paying special attention to the horizon, light and colour, without being alert to the place. The inner paradox of the works consists of the combination of a strong imitation of the realism of the surrounding urban landscape with a real colour abstraction, closer to drawing than to photography. Consciously or unconsciously, the author builds smooth comparisons and suggestions between his visual perception and the perception of the viewers.
The title of each of the works carries nothing but a place and this way the viewer builds the connection between himself and the work because they both have something to tell.
Provoked by the perception of colour, a person finds his memories and creates emotional bridges that seal the experience and push us to be a tireless and searching traveller.
Ivailo Stanev-Álvarez is born in Bulgaria, in 1976. He discovered his passion for photography at the age of 15. His childhood passed in the small communist country, but with the opening of the borders, his work as a photographer takes him to different parts of the world - Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, where he worked on numerous commercial and documentary projects. At the beginning of his photography career, he worked mainly in the field of fashion and advertising photography and created the biggest photo studio in Bulgaria - Creative Hall.
Currently, he is based in Valencia, Spain.
Over the years, his name has become recognisable with his work for some of the famous print brands with more than 100 covers worldwide - Esquire, Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health, Elegance, OK! Magazine, Dali Magazine, Go guide. He worked in the television and film industry for a short time, but his passion for photography prevailed. He later became a photo editor for Esquire and Dali Magazine.
In 2017, Magnum photo and theprintspace selected him as one of the finalists of the Magnum swap shop, inspired by Martin Parr and David Hearn. In 2018, he is one of the authors awarded with Olympus Masters Europe with exhibitions in Valencia, Sofia, Prague, London and New York.
Over the years he has worked with various galleries and photo salons, and at the beginning of 2018, he opened his own gallery - MONOCHROME Hub VLC., in Valencia, Spain, in which he presents and sells limited edition photography. The gallery exhibits much of his work over the years - from commercial projects and documentary photography to his most recent searches in contemporary and conceptual photography.
With the changes and searches in his photographic work over the years, his pure and unpretentious style of work is preserved and in one or another form, the image of the person is always presented.
Ivailo Stanev-Álvarez has 10 individual exhibitions and 25 participations in exhibitions and joint projects. He has won various photographic awards and honours. He was a jury of various photo competitions. His works are owned by a large number of collectors and private institutions.
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