Born in New York City, Alec Von Bargen is a social anthropologist of sorts. He captures aesthetic instances resonating true with their historical, political and social contexts. He uses the most basic equipment possible to create his images, videos, murals and installations. Although his research is meticulous he does not prep, pre-produce, light or arrange for his shoots.
Alec Von Bargen recently exhibited at both the 54th and 56th editions of the Venice Biennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the OCT Museum in Shanghai, China and Les Rencontres D’Arles Festival, France, amongst others. His work has won numerous awards including the IPA’s in LA and the PX3’s in Paris. He was a finalist at the Dubai Emerging Artist Award and Aesthetica Magazine, UK, selected him as one of their top 100 Artists 2 years in a row. He was finalist for the Terry O’Neill Award and the Celeste Prize in Berlin, Germany. He recently completed a six month project in China having been selected by François-Henri Pinault and the Swatch Group as guest artist at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai.
Von Bargen’s latest awards are the 2017 International Fine Art Photographer Award in Paris, the 2018 IPA’s, the 2018 International Color Photography Awards, the 11th edition of the Pollux Awards and his most recent series is included in the 161st Royal Photographic Society exhibition.
In October 2015, Alec was officially named ‘Visual advisor’ to the Venice Film Festival’s Biennale College.
He spends most of his time between Italy and Mexico but works all over the world.