Photography By Al Lapkovsky

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Al Lapkovsky is an award-winning photographer and creative retoucher who is currently based in Riga, Latvia. He works in most diverse areas, blurring the boundaries between commercial imagery and fine art photography.

In his stylistic approach, Al combines the eye for reality as well as his intuitive feeling for situations and people, bringing a unique vision to his images. His portfolio embraces narrative qualities which show cutting-edge authenticity, boundless instinct for moods and preference for the dramatic gesture - invaluable qualities which have contributed to him gathering a multitude of international awards including first place in 2018 International Photography Awards (IPA) / Professional Advertising / Self-Promotion category and first place in Professional Portfolio category in Tokyo International Foto Awards.

Having begun his photographic journey in London in 2003, Lapkovsky has always been attuned to the endless potential of photographic experimentation, challenging conventional notions of photography and providing the viewer with an opportunity to visualise subconscious and let loose the power of imagination. 

Born in Daugavpils, Latvia in 1981, Lapkovksy has managed to create photographic imagery that possesses keen transcendental quality imperceptibly switching back and forth from reality to absurdity. Much of the photographer’s work is characterised by the presence of whimsical, nearly-abstract cities and solitary, often distorted or decapitated human figures in dark palette, depicted amid mystical, quaint interiors. This imagery is a projection of the photographer’s own awareness of the impact of the global socio-environmental changes happening today. 

“What is going on in the world is difficult not to get dragged in, at least in one’s art. I cannot ignore it”, Lapkovsky says, revealing own artistic sensitivity. “For instance, the series ‘London Ghost City’ was shot as some kind of warning to what could happen to London with such accumulating pace of global warming”, the photographer explains. In his new series ‘Disconnecting Connection’ Lapkovsky explores the societal changes rapidly happening in the last decade in the wake of the social media appearance.  

Working in post-production to create new out of old, as well as being continuously motivated to develop edgy visual concepts focusing around human expression within the inter-spaces of cultural and built systems, the photographer uses various photographic skills, masterfully employing special techniques of light and lenses, as well as photomontage and multiple exposure technique. The result has won Lapkovsky international award recognition and critical acclaim with more than twenty prestigious solo- and group shows in Europe and abroad, having become part of his extensive, visually influential portfolio. His photographs are also held in various private collections around the world. 


Artistic achievements:

2018:
1st place, International Photography Awards (IPA) / Professional Advertising / Self-Promotion category, USA
1st place, Tokyo International Foto Awards / Professional Portfolio category, Japan
Educant la Mirada, 1st prize, Castell-Platja D’Aro, Spain

2017:
Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

2016:
Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

2014:
Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

2013:
Macquarie Photography Prize, Australia

2012:    
Group Exhibition, Art of Photography Show, US
final selection, London International Creative Competition, UK

2011:    
group exhibition, Gammelgaard Monochrome 2011, Denmark
group exhibition, 2011 Michael H. Kellicutt International Photo Show, US
The Royal Photographic Society 154th International Print Exhibition, UK

2010:    
4th Annual Juried Exhibition 2010, Plates to Pixels, US
Silver Medal, The Royal Photographic Society 153rd
International Print Exhibition, UK
commended, My East End photographic exhibition, UK

2009:    
"Time and Tide", solo show, Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, London, UK
Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
The Royal Photographic Society 152nd International Print Exhibition, UK

2008:    
Young Portfolio Acquisition, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
The Royal Photographic Society 151st International Print Exhibition, UK

2007:
group exhibition, “Cheshire Landscape”, Borey Art Centre, Russia
Exhibition of First International Juried Competition, Plates to Pixels, US
Overall winner, “Rare Character”, Smirnoff Black, UK
2nd place, Harman Photo Inkjet Competition, UK

2006:
group exhibition, The National Art Gallery of Kosova, Kosovo
3rd place, Kentmere Open Photo Awards, UK
Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards, USA
4th Annual Photoworkshop Digital Imaging Competition,
5th place, Photo Illustration, USA
SanDisk “Go to Extremes” Digital Photo, Honourable Mention, USA
FREVD Gallery/Bar Solo Exhibition

2005:
Fuji Distinction Merit, UK
The Royal Photographic Society 148th International Print Exhibition, UK
“Black and White Magazine”, Spotlight, US
group exhibition, Tom Blau Gallery, London, UK

2004:    
group exhibition “European Work”, Innsbruck (Austria), Ancona (Italy), Luton (UK)
The Royal Photographic Society 147th International Print Exhibition, UK
honourable mention, 5th Polaroid International Photography Award, USA
group exhibition, Tom Blau Gallery, London, UK
shortlisted for “On The Wall”, British Journal of Photography, London, UK
solo exhibition, Austria

2003:    
shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year, The Times, London, UK
highly commended, Ian Parry Scholarship, London, UK
group exhibition, Tom Blau Gallery, London, UK

2002:    
group exhibition, Moscow Centre of Photography, Russia


Publications:

Zoom Magazine, Italy, 2011
The Wolf Magazine (artist in residence), Issue 20, UK, 2009
Digital Photographer (feature article), Issue 58, UK, 2007
Soura Magazine (cover/feature article), Issue 14, UAE, 2007
Photography Monthly, UK, 2006
Black and White Magazine, “Spotlight”, US, 2005
Filemagazine (online), US, 2005
Black and White Photography, UK, 2004/2005


Client list:

Ocado
Square
Bezvest
Elektrum
Vauxhall
The Sunday Times Magazine
Evening Standard
The Daily Telegraph
The Design Group
Diva
BOSCH
Hyperion
Reader’s Digest
Adam Smith Conferences
Interior+Design Magazine
Antiques Magazine
Kurtz Design
Sunday Express
BW Interiors