Russian photographer Alexander Vinogradov bought his first camera just a decade ago. At the time, he says, he “dreamed of learning to take pictures of landscapes or make beautiful macro pictures.”
But as he launched into his newfound passion, he was pulled in another direction: portraits.
“I began to work on portraits and decided to develop this genre.”
Vinogradov also made a conscious decision to focus his work on classic styles. In doing so, he says he avoids the distraction of trends, not only in lighting and retouching, but also in fashion and production to create truly classic images.
“This is self-expression,” Vinogradov says, without apology for his style or approach. “I am inspired by beautiful and unusual faces and try to show them to the viewer, hoping that they will share my admiration.”
As for the future of photography, Vinogradov is thrilled with the way technology, including social media, has opened the craft in a global sense and made the art of the image more available to all, for both practitioners and audiences.
He also appreciates the response he’s received for his work, both positive and constructive.
“It’s nice to read warm reviews and adequate criticism. Richard Avedon said, ‘My portraits are more about me than about those whom I photograph’ and I fully agree with this.”