Alex Conu is a Romanian photographer, now living and working in Oslo, Norway. Alex studied Astrophysics in Bucharest and Fashion Photography at The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Alex is a complex and versatile artist with more than 10 years in the field of professional photography. He’s been shooting almost everything from fashion and beauty to aviation. Alex loves experiment in photography like Polaroids, pinhole or strange and unusual cameras.
He is a member of TWAN – The World at Night, a program to create and exhibit a collection of landscape astrophotos of the world’s most beautiful sites against a backdrop of celestial events.
His photos were exhibited around the world in shows with different themes, from fashion to astrophotography. Alex had his first Polaroid only show in 2007 in Bucharest.
While my commercial work is almost exclusively digital, I choose to do my personal work in analog format and mostly on Polaroid. I don’t do it because of nostalgia. Nostalgia is a feeling almost totally foreign to me. I believe I do it for the tangibility and materiality of the Polaroid. Taking a Polaroid photo begins at the moment I open the pack of film. The smell of the chemicals starts my creative process even before inserting the film pack in the camera. And I don't even know when the process stops or if it stops, as the Polaroid is a living medium, changing with time.
My Polaroid photography is a series of controlled mistakes, a mix of competence and naïveté.
The photos I sent are part of an ongoing series called "About Her" having my wife, Anca, as a muse.