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Alexi Lubomirski Present: Young Poland An interview with the Photographer

Nine Polish fashion photographers crossed borders to New York for a first-ever Polish fashion photography exhibition in NYC. Curated by Alexi Lubomirski, YOUNG POLAND served as an insight to the next generation of accomplished photographers born in Poland in the 1980’s and ’90’s. The exhibition, organized by PAFF,  presented the work of nine photographers:
Ania Cywińska, Kuba Dabrowski, Pawel Fabjanski, Jacek Kolodziejski, Zuza Krajewska, Mateusz Stankiewicz, Sonia Szóstak, Bartek Wieczorek, Lukasz Zietek
In November our contributor – Marta Klara Sadowska, flew to New York and prepared the interview with Alexi Lubomirski.

Alexi Lubomirski was born in England to a Peruvian/English mother and a Polish/French father. At the age of eight, he moved to Botswana with his mother and English stepfather. It was his stepfather who gave him his first camera at the age of 11. His serious interest in photography developed whilst traveling in Peru during a gap year at college. His interest later shifted from social commentary to narrative-based fashion photography whilst studying for his degree at the University of Brighton, in the UK.

Introduced to Mario Testino whilst making the rounds in London with his university portfolio, Lubomirski soon joined him in Paris as his assistant. Towards the end of his 4 years with Testino, Katie Grand hand picked him to start shooting for the iconic FACE magazine and subsequently Harpers Bazaar US.

Since then, Lubomirski has become an established name within the fashion industry with an impressive client list, shooting for such publications as Harpers Bazaar US, Harpers Bazaar UK, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Germany, Vogue Russia, Vogue Spain, Vogue Korea, Vogue China, Vogue Nippon, Men’s Vogue China, Numero Tokyo, W Korea, GQ USA and Allure. He has also become a firm favorite with celebrities, and has shot cover stars such as Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson, to name but a few.

In 2008, Lubomirski had his first exhibition: TRANSIT, at MILK gallery in New York – a mixed media commentary on TV culture, comprised of pre-conceived film stills.

In 2014, He published two books.  Firstly, “DECADE”, a photography book highlighting the best of his fashion work from his first ten years as a photographer.  Secondly, “PRINCELY ADVICE for a HAPPY LIFE”, a book written for his two young sons, on the virtues of behaving in a manner befitting a Prince in the 21st Century.

In 2016, Lubomirski came out with his second photo book and exhibition, “DIVERSE BEAUTY”, a body of work that aimed to highlight a broader range of beauty than that which is presented to us in fashion magazines and campaigns. All proceeds from his books are donated to the charity Concern Worldwide of which Alexi is an ambassador.

He lives in New York

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