Readers based in London may be interested in hearing that the Hay Hill Gallery, who represent a selection of internationally recognized contemporary artists, will be presenting a double exhibition from the 26th May to the 21st June, showcasing the photographic works of fashion photographer, Marco Sanges, entitled “The Indecent Eye”, and the architectural images of Alexey Lyubimkin, called “City Lights”.
Marco Sanges and possess a matchless photographic eye that creates alluring photography echoing the works of art from the Byzantine, Surrealist and Gothic periods. Not only are his images reminiscent of art paintings but he has ability to transmute and infuse each subject matter with its own and distinctive vibrancy and energy.
From developing and printing black and white photos in his uncle’s photographic lab, Sanges went on, in the pursuit of fashion, to become a photographer for Vogue Italia, before relocating to London where he presently resides. He has been exhibited worldwide, worked with clients such as Cutler and Gross, Agent Provocateur, Sunday Telegraph, Vogue, Trace, Elle, Dolce & Gabbana, and there is even a permanent collection of his work held in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in the United States.
With his exhibition, Marco Sanges invites the public to visit and open their imaginations. As a storyteller, Sanges photographs appear to look more like cinematic narratives, as though we are looking through the lens as the photographer tells his tale. Having been influenced by the silent films of the 1920’s and 30’s, his dark and enchanting images portray the frailty and strength of humanity, confronting the viewer with the conclusion that there can be a funny side to our own mistakes if you choose to see it. Magician, puppet master and photographer, Sanges takes you on a journey of mystique and romantic intrigue in “The Indecent Eye” exhibition.
Having been provoked into deep thought by “The Indecent Eye”, you may wish to proceed through the “City Lights” exhibition in the same venue, displaying the architectural works of photographer, Alexey Lyubimkim. What can be described as love letter to the cities he shoots, revealing the tree and building lines as though they were part of the original city’s design blue-print. With a camera in hand, the lens is like a magnifying glass under Lyubimkim’s scrutinising eye that reveals what our naked eyes can’t see – an ever changing landscape.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1963, Lyubimkim has worked as a professional architect, published the “Russian Gallery” art magazine, developed the growth of the Moscow’s Artist Center at Tretyakov Gallery and Savvinskaya Arts Center, was a founding member of London’s Hay Hill Gallery (where the exhibitions are held), and holds memberships in both the Russian Photo Artists Union and the International Journalist Union. His works have been sought after in private collections across the globe, including Russia, UK, Germany, Mexico and USA.
How does architecture apply to fashion photography you may ask? Well, according to Alex Lyubimkin he says that “Architecture is the most stylish way of culture representation, and… like many people, I like to make my own discoveries. In this variety of city landscapes and cultural traditions no creative person can remain indifferent. I often carry my camera with me, which becomes my interpreter and even my partner… London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world for me.” Be inspired by the lines, shapes and bold use of color in Lyubimkin’s courtship of the cities he has photographed.
Lyubimkin pays homage to the old technique of tinting images but incorporates a variety of contemporary solero hues. This artist’s colour fascination embodies the double take turn of the head towards beauty in amidst the bustle of a metropolitan city, encouraging the viewer to take notice of their surroundings next time they step outside. He brings to the surface the sense of home and belonging, while making conscious of the world around us at a local scale.
To visit or find more information for both Marco Sanges’ “The Indecent Eye” & Alexey Lyubimkin’s “City Lights” exhibitions, the contact details for the Hay Hill Gallery are below:
Hay Hill Gallery
Address: 35 Baker Street, London W1U 8EN
Phone: 020 7486 6006
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10.30-6, Saturday 11-5
Pictures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 9: from Marco Sanges’ “The Indecent Eye” Exhibition
Pictures 6 & 7: from Alexey Lyubimkin’s “City Lights” Exhibition