Milan Svanderlik was born in 1948, in Northern Bohemia, and was educated partly in the former states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and partly in the UK. He has lived and worked in Croatia, in Switzerland and for over 40 years in London. A veteran observer of the extraordinary diversity and beauty of nature, people, and life in general, Milan studied Botany abroad and Photography in London – combining both these interests, he has in the past exhibited plant photographs in London’s Photographers’ Gallery. In addition to portraiture and plant studies, Milan’s photographic work encompasses travel photography, landscape, still life and photo-reportage. As a UK civil servant, Milan worked as a photographer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he later became Head of Media Resources, with responsibility for graphic design, photography and publishing.
Milan’s recent major artistic endeavour, 100 Faces of London, comprised portraits of 100 Londoners, celebrating the extraordinary diversity of people who live and work in the capital. This highly successful project culminated in a five-week solo exhibition of all 100 portraits at The Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. Seen by several thousands of Londoners and tourists alike, the exhibition was well received.
This project can still be viewed online at: www.100facesoflondon.org
Outsiders in London, Are you one, too? was Milan's latest solo exhibition, also held at The Gallery in the Crypt, from 23rd March to 8th May 2015. Over the show's seven weeks, the work was seen by over 8,000 visitors. With strong links to its predecessor, it too emphasised the extraordinary diversity amongst Londoners, this time with much more background about the sitters and a more explicit socio-political slant.
This project can still be viewed online at: www.outsidersinlondon.org
Milan continues to be active in the field of photography and is hoping to mount further non-commercial public exhibitions of his work, both work with a distinct socio-political dimension and work which simply celebrates aspects of the extrordinary lives of London folk.
Milan undertakes commissions for photographic portraits and also now sells limited edition prints of his studies of plants, still life and landscapes.
Project Londonest at Home:The Way We Live Now is also currently under development and its progres can be vewed online at : www.londonersathome.org
Milan is one of Epson's DIGI Graphie artists.
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