Alex Manchev
a contemporary classic, glamour photographer.

interview by  Gianguido Rossi


We discover this young talented photographers thanks to our photographer's contest running on our magazine. Since I had the chance to see his photos, I just felt in love with this young photographer's work. What really catch me, on his work, was his gentle way to portray women....with no clothes on!! Seems OK, but is not, always so easy to remain gentle and glamour at the same time. Watching and watching again at his work, it remanded me a great mix of two contemporary master's photography style, Helmut Newton and the fashion- portrait photographer Peter Lindbergh. Yes discovering Alex work it comes in my mind this great style mix. On his photos I was able to catch the personality of the model and at the same time a touch of glamour, melting together on the same image and ending on Alex Machev photography style. We had also the chance to interact with this artist, to discover a bit closer his vision and maybe catch some interesting tips about his photo style.

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography


Looking at your portfolio, we can admire so many nude beauties, but the feeling a receive at the first sight is not at all a sexual mood.
This is what happens in all your shots. They are super glamour and even a bit provocative position some times, but at the same time they do not an intense sense of excitement, they are more elegant than provocative.
Is this the kind of feeling you are looking for.



I've always tried to show the woman as natural as possible without anything extra. The energy I'm looking for is for the girl or woman in the picture to look as if they do not know they are being shot. I made them imagine that it was just another Sunday. That they were just being themselves and in being naked, demonstrating their free spirits and will.

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography


Your models, even completely nude act like they are totally comfortable with no dress on. Is this a model's ability or is it you, that somehow are able to eliminate any kind of barrier between you and them?



With every girl I'm about to photograph, I always try to get to know her as much as I possibly can, so she can get comfortable with my presence. This can happen over a cup of coffee or wine.
Of course there is always a slight discomfort at the beginning of the sessions, but the wine is always there to help me. In order for the model not to feel as though this is a gynecological examination, the photo sessions take place in stages. At first, I photograph the girl dressed lightly, then in lingerie or with some transparent fabrics that predispose her to what follows. Every one of them is familiar with the aesthetics of my photos, and they are in the right emotional state in advance.

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography

I definitely am very interested to know how come you decided to use just black/withe on your photos.

I've always said that in this kind of photography you don't need color because it distracts the audience from the main subject of the picture. When you have black-white photography you can sense what the feelings and emotions of the picture are, and they somehow look like a memory from a past life.They are deeply melancholic.



Alex Manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography

Related to the previous question, how does it take to create an intimate mood to make the model to feel comfortable with no dress on if front of your lens? Do you need a long term relationship or you can create quite immediately?

It is very important to meet with the girl I'm about to shoot beforehand, so I can get to know her, and so she can get used to my presence. So during the filming we are no longer just strangers and the first layer of the ice is actually melted. During the filming, so that the model relaxes, I get a lot of help from my close partners — wine and pleasant music. A cozy environment must be created in which she feels secure and confident.And, of course, the photo session with me is an experience that most girls go through for the first, and maybe for the last time, and this definitely creates a lasting relationship.

alex manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography

How are the Alex Manchev pictures created?
Do you have an idea and then looking for the relative model to fit the story, or is the model itself that inspire you for the photo section?


Mainly I improvise ...I choose the girl. Then look for an interesting interior with a vintage look and when we get there I start putting the model in different positions and poses according to the atmosphere in the place we are shooting in.

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography

Do you make woman portraits or body portraits?


I would say that my pictures are more like an emotional portrait of a woman.
The female body in my photos is a bearer of feelings. The position it occupies speaks about the emotional state of the woman. Very often they ask me "why naked ?" and I respond — so that all the masks fall off and in order for the woman to be herself, she must first come out of her comfort zone"

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography

I noticed that in your work we can not really focus on model's face, some way somehow their faces are always kind of hidden. Is there any reason for?

There are many reasons why ... My career started in Bulgaria (a post-communist country) where prejudices and stereotypes dominate the environment.
I did not want the girls to suffer any consequences because they have chosen to believe in my art.
The other reason is that many of my clients are women, and they want to buy the art to see the actual feeling of a woman, but without seeing the persona of the woman itself, so that they can imagine themselves in her stead.

alex manchev photography

How is important the location graphic for your work?
Could you be able to shoot without a graphical Architectural Environment!

I always said that about 30% of the impact of my photos comes from the interior or exterior portrayed in the
background.
Every picture starts with the energy of the interior, the mood that it creates.
I usually look for interesting Airbnb apartments when I travel because it's the easiest way to find vintage interiors.
Sometimes with the help of my friends I also shoot in old buildings or old houses.

alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography

Please let us know which one is your model's approach to make her star in your shooting?

The Muses surround us and you just have to be able to see them.
I find muses every day on the street, on facebook, on Instagram.The first step is always for her to fascinate me with her appearance, but I'm not looking for just beautiful empty packs, but women with unique emotionally and deep thinking.
Unfortunately, It often happens for me to like some girl purely visually, but for our perceptions and visions not to match and in these cases she simply can not become my muse and maybe here's a good place for me to mention my favorite quote from The Little Prince:
"You're beautiful, but you're empty".

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Alex, have you ever had models taking off clothes for the first time in their life in front of your camera?

Absolutely!
Most of the girls in my pictures were posing for the first time, not just nude ... it was their first photo shoot at all.
I always explain to them that this shoot will be a once in a lifetime experience.
I will capture them as they are.
I'm going to show their current emotional state through their beautiful bodies.

alex manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography

Do you need to have a total control during the photo shooting by directing the model in any detail, or you let them express them self?

It's a magic combination between letting them express themselves and being in control of the pictures as a whole.

Alex Manchev photography
Alex Manchev photography
alex manchev photography

Is it glamour photography your main professional goal in life, and do you have enough commission to just remain into art photography?

Well, I used to be a fashion photographer, but for the last 3 years I'm only into art photography .
I sell framed limited edition photography and prints.
It has been hard at first, but now I have more and more clients worldwide.

Bio and technical information

age 31,
living : Sofia Bulgaria
study: National Academy of Arts - arts photography,  special classes related to photography.

camera using Canon 6d
lense using mostly ff24/105 mm

Alex Manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography
alex manchev photography

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