Alexander Kharlamov [ak-arts]
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My great love for the art and craft of image making led me to pursue two parallel and mostly independent lives so that art making would never become just a job and lose its magic. Although my drive is passion, I take pride in my work ethics. If I take on an assignment, I work towards flawless planning and execution with great attention to detail to produce high quality results and fast. I always deliver. Portraiture Beyond fine art photography, I love making portraits. I am fascinated by human behaviour, personality and individual differences, both from an artistic and scientific perspective. Photography is a wonderful proxy for communication and portraits are often the opening statement of many interactions. My aim with portraiture is to depict personalities in a beautiful but genuine manner. I avoid excessive manipulation and post processing and seek to achieve beauty with direction, posing and light. I enjoy working both in a studio and on location. Silver Gelatin Fine Printing The technical side of photography is equally fascinating. Although about half of my work is done digitally, I love black and white film photography. I am proficient in traditional silver gelatin fine printing and keep a fully functioning multi-format darkroom in England. Background I am mostly self-taught in photography. Since a young age I have dedicated most of my time to develop my artistic vision and build a body of work. I went through stages of formal education in fine art painting and classical music. The creative process slowly converged to photography as favourite medium for the last 14 years. My portraiture has been published in books, magazines and used for marketing purposes. My fine art work received some distinctions and featured in both individual and collective exhibitions over the last years. Parallel Career Parallel to photography, my academic career in interdisciplinary research spans across fields of engineering, management and psychology. I also take on problem oriented projects with businesses, consulting in areas such as operations management, behavioural operations research, segmentation and planning. My qualifications include a PhD in Engineering, MSc in Management and MSc in Industrial Engineering. I hold several awards for outstanding performance, my work has been published in academic journals and my research is regularly presented at international conferences.