Petr Lovigin was born in 1981 and studied architecture in his hometown of Yaroslavl on the Volga River in Russia. He later became fascinated by photography and displayed a ironic eye as he began to travel the world to capture images. He photographed India, Jamaica, Africa, and, of course, his Russian homeland. His first photography series, Fall in Love, was taken in black and white and explored the passion of two dancers, Julia and Sergei. Lovigin has been influenced by the work of Arthur Rimbaud and often cites his poetry in the original French, either in his writing or on his photography blog that is followed by 30 000 fans.
In 2012, Lovigin crossed Russia to give master classes in photography. These travels gave rise to the Planet Lovigin series that was later published in book form by the German editor Kehrer Verlag. Lovigin showed the Russia of today through images of its people, its structures, its beauty, and its disarray. His work revealed a country where the traces of the former USSR are still tangible. But Lovigin is also intrigued by fairy tales and dreams; in his third series, My Louis, he used a diverse range of elements to craft images of Louis Armstrong in different locations around the world, creating a type of alter ego that reminds us that we are all surrounded by marvels.
In 2011, the French magazine Courrier International praised “the artist’s irony and poetic vision” and noted the fearless manner in which Lovigin used photography to evoke the moods and mindsets of both his compatriots and the people he encountered during his wide travels.
His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions, most recently at the Museum of Photography Thessaloniki, the Photobiennale in Moscow, and the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. His work is held in private collections in New York, Paris, London, Vancouver, Roma, Hamburg, Munich, Madrid, and Cologne.
AWARDS | Recognitions
2006 Costarica-Soul (Arsforum/Yaroslavl)
2007 Costarica-Jamaica ( Fotodepartament, Sankt-Petersburg)
2007 Takeshi Kitano and other icons (Nabokov’s Museum, Sankt-Petersburg)
2008 Takeshi Kitano and other icons (James, Moscow, Moscow Photobiennale)
2008 Simple motions, Jamaica (Tsereteli Gallery, Moscow, Photobiennale)
2008 Simple motions, Jamaica (Festival International of Photography, Pinqyao, China)
2008 Takeshi Kitano and other icons/ part 2 (Loft Project Etaji, S.-Petersburg)
2009 Fall in love (MMOMA, Moscow,’”Fashion and style in Photography’)
2009 On the road (Paris, Passage de Retz)
2009 On the road (Ashdod Museum of Art, Israel)
2009 Takeshi Kitano and other icons/ part 2, Wolf with Emerald Heart (CLAIR)
2011 Lovigin’s Arbeit wird von Galerie CLAIR bei ART Paris 2011 gezeigt
2012 Avant Première of Planet Lovigin at ART PARIS – Galerie CLAIR
2012 Solo Show Planet Lovigin, Galerie CLAIR
2013 Winter trip through a dozen of Latin America’s countries (MMMA, Moscow)
2013 My Louis MAMM, Moscow
2012 Planet Lovigin, Kehrer Verlag
2011 Courrier international : a portfolio by Petr Lovigin, link to the Courrier
2009 LeMonde2, portfolio Fall in love
2008 LeMonde2, portfolio Jamaica
2007 Foto & Video Russia-!-!!