«A lot of people think that for a good picture is enough to buy an expensive camera and success will be guaranteed. But without careful studying and many years of practice a good picture is possible to make only by accident. Once you decide to photograph, think carefully what you want to picture, do not forget about the composition and lightening, do not get upset, relax and concentrate on the subject.»
The provocative series Useful advices for photographers was first published in Latvian cultural newspaper Kulturas Forums for two years. With this project – now included in the Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance (CNED) – Ivars Gravlejs graduated from the FAMU – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2007.
Ivars Gravlejs was born in Riga in 1979. He graduated in Still Photography from the FAMU – Academy of Performing Arts (MgA) in 2007.
In the same year, he was awarded the Josef Kudek Award, and in 2010 the Photo Sittcom Award. Among his more recent exhibitions are A glass of champagne at The Solution (2015), THERE WILL BE DICKS! at the Centre for Contemporary Art – FUTURA and Pop at Berlin Model (2014), all in Prague.
His Early Works were recently collected in a monographic publication by MACK (London, 2015). www.ivarsgravlejs.com