Alex Manchev

Photographs

Hello, my name is Alex Manchev and I am a fine art photographer capturing the wildness, raw beauty and freedom of female nudity.

My series entitled "The Freedom Project" is a collection of images, capturing intangible emotion through the physicality of both the body and its surroundings. Each image is a study of a woman, exposed within her private space, where she is free to reveal her true, unrestrained self, for that sole moment unaffected by the constraints routinely imposed on her by societal restrictions.

My photographs capture female nudity in its purest form - sensual, effortless, wild and above all else superior. In my work, I hope to move away from merely depicting the female body as a visually appealing and sexualized object. Rather, I strive to empower women, so that they act as independent, multi-voiced subjects.

I see the nude, uninhibited body as the ultimate form of character expression, able to convey emotion in a single gesture. I view it further as capable of liberating both the sitter and the viewer, as their lived physical experiences inform each photograph I frame, continually placing it in a novel context.

I aim to reflect the ephemeral, archetypal timelessness of the female body and energy. Further, I wish to elevate my sitters both as women, in their cultural significance and role in society, and individuals, with their personal markers of strength, assertiveness, sensuality, and playfulness.

2017 30.30.30, San Stefano Gallery, Sofia/Bulgaria
2018 La sensualità femminile, Gallery Luce, Rome/Italy
2019 The Naked Truth, Gallery Oborishte 5, Sofia/Bulgaria
2019 This is lust, Struck Contemporary, Toronto/ Canada
2019 , Sea Casino, Varna, Bulgaria
2019 NAKED, AVR Atelier Vesselin Roussev, Plovdiv Bulgaria – Part of Plovdiv capital of culture 2019 and Kapana fest
2019 Alex Manchev part of kvARTal fest 2019, SeeMeOn 29, Sofia, Bulgaria
2019 Nine, Bold Showroom, Sofia Bulgaria
Jury of MONOVISIONS BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – 2018
Jury of MONOVISIONS BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS – 2019
International Art Fair “Ponaehali” Saint-Petersburg February 2020
MONOCHROMERIFIC International contest 1st edition Brasov, Romania 2020