In recent years, Milan has had two major, non-commercial solo exhibitions in central London -
100 Faces of London, in 2012, and Outsiders in London, in 2015; together, these featured 180 photographic portraits which were seen and admired by many thousands of visitors. Largely spurred on by this positive response, Milan now undertakes commissions for studio portraits of individuals who require high quality, ‘character’ portraits suitable for framing and display, for publishing or for other publicity purposes.
Formal studio portraiture is a photographic art form practised nowadays by only the few, but Milan firmly believes that, using this approach, the resulting portraits are as much the creation of the sitter as they are of the photographer. His studio-based technique, with generous time allocated for each portrait, engenders a closeness between sitter and photographer that seems almost tangible in many of his portraits. Echoing a remark of the great Irving Penn, Milan says that a photographer working in this way cannot but help ‘fall in love a little’ with each of the sitters he observes through the lens. Inner beauty and spirit are released, allowed to surface, and instantly captured, to be frozen for all time. Please note: Milan is keen to emphasise that he might not be the right person for what might perhaps be called ‘glamour photography’; he is best at capturing the natural beauty and character of his sitters, often creating what can be slightly unconventional images of great artistic quality.
Milan’s studio is now at his home in West London (Chiswick) which makes it possible to create a relaxed atmosphere for what can otherwise be a rather unnerving experience for those who are not accustomed to sitting in front of the easel or the lens. Sittings can often take two to three hours and it is therefore suggested that sitters should allow half a day for their visit to the studio.
The fee for such a photographic sitting will be £1,000, to include a final selection of several (usually 3-5) images. From these, after digital processing, a few images (max 3) will be finally selected, to be printed personally by the photographer on to A2-size archival printing stock, ready for framing. Sitters will receive all their images in a digital medium and these will be their copyright. Additional A2 images can be produced by the photographer, on request, for an additional production fee, using the same or one of the other selected images.
If any sitter requires a make-up artist, this can be arranged (at the sitter’s expense); alternatively, sitters are welcome to bring their own. To discuss this or any other specific needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
If you are contemplating a sitting, you are invited to view on this page a few samples of the types of portrait in which Milan specialises - please note, these were not commissions and several have been drawn from his two major, not-for-profit exhibitions; these exhibitions can still be viewed online and the dedicated websites can be accessed via the following links:
Rosie - One of 100 Faces of London