Nobody can say no to this man. Having bypassed all agents and representatives, he managed to get straight to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and convince them to pose for him together with Jennifer Lopez. And nobody even asked the latter about her plans; he just had her sit down next to the Italians and started shooting. The same situation was with Sharon Stone, who seemed to smile only on his photos. Why is everyone so obedient to his pressure? Why do they willingly accept all his crazy ideas? I have known Alex for many years now but it is still a mystery for me. And I often find myself thinking that I am ready to surrender the moment he calls me. Because you cannot say no to him!
Sergey Nikolaevich, Editor-in-Chief, Snob
First, bare facts. Alexander Pavlov, a cameraman and a photographer, a pupil of Alexander Knyazhinsky, Vladimir Nakhabtsev, Alexander Rybin, and Sergey Medynsky, graduated from Institute of Cinematography. He is a teacher at Modern Photography School and he has travelled the world with his camera. He has been as far as the North Pole and Antarctica; hence, his family albums contain photos of penguins. Alexander Pavlov, an art photographer, took part in four Moscow Photo Biennials in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. Photographs from his An Actor Prepares series are exhibited at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka Street. Besides, Alexander Pavlov, a professional photographer, collaborates with Beauty, Madam Figaro, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mercury, Star Hit, and Trend. Among his clients are RusDragMed, GQ Bar, DMB&B, Metro, MosPromProject, Mercury, Vimpex, Armani Casa, Tretyakov Spa, Lege Alto, and Audi.
But all of this would not matter if Alexander Pavlov were a less venturous photographer. He enjoys observing and shooting life. Not only its laws, but also departure from them. Alexander likes to quote Salvador Dali’s words, “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature.” Beauty is always a bit imperfect if it is alive. He prefers digital reflex as well as narrow film and rangefinder cameras. Using them, you cannot see the precise image but you can envision it. Such photos bear an element of surprise and life. Many people do not expect to see an old-fashioned camera in the hands of a famous professional. However, Alex can give a comprehensible explanation to everything. He compares his work to the one of pilot. Pilot transports three hundred passengers on his Boeing 747 with accuracy, dexterity, and cash. And he does this with great pleasure thanks to this exactness. And later, in his free time, he flies his own small, open, propeller plane with its temper just for the sake of his soul.
Marina Prokhorova, Fashion Editor, Kommersant