Ruslan Lobanov is one of today’s most popular artists in the post Soviet Union space. His black and white, and color, photography have left a strong impact on photography collectors and enthusiasts in both Europe and North America. Lobanov’s impressive achievements include mention and nomination for California’s Black & White Spider Awards in 2012 and 2013, and a 2015’s nternational Color Awards honorable mention. His works have been exhibited in his home country Ukraine, as well as in Belgium and Germany. His exhibit in Zurich at Gallery INA DEDERER & FRIENDS marks his first show in Switzerland.
Ruslan’s uniqueness comes from the mystery and elaborate elements of female nakedness which blend harmoniously with collectible accessories, handmade costumes and attentively selected locations. Ruslan was mostly inspired by his older sister, a designer, and what he calls „the magnificence of beauty“ which he was fortunate to have observed as a child, in art books, costumes and creative atmospheres.
Whilst visiting different countries and observing multiple cultures, Ruslan photographed a large mosaic of female models from Havana to Kiev, and from Galle to Moscow. The inimitable aura of each city is reflected in each stunning female’s unique look. «Lobanov’s album is just strikingly brilliant. Full point.», stated Janusz Leon Wisniewski, a reviewer of Nudes in the City. A new book supporting the exhibit, Nudes in the City, features many never-before-seen photos from the main project that was created over the last ten years. The book’s 104 black and white works depict Ruslan’s essence of feminine beauty—confidence and strength with space for the viewer’s interpretation.
Lobanov mostly works with different analogue cameras and the medium format. His favorite is Rolleiflex, but he uses different systems, such as Pentax 67, depending on the project and location. Up to 2015, most of Lobanov’s photos were shot using black and white film. His new photo stories are partially color, partially black and white. All works are limited edition prints, mostly of 15 copies. Photo sizes include 70 cm x 70 cm and 100 cm x 100 cm.
Nudes in the City
3 March – 25 March, 2016