Ivailo Stanev-Álvarez was born in Lovech, Bulgaria, in 1976. He discovered his passion for photography at the age of 15. His childhood passed in the small communist country, but with the opening of the borders, his work as a photographer takes him to different parts of the world - Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, where he worked on numerous commercial and documentary projects. At the beginning of his photography career, he worked mainly in the field of fashion and advertising photography.
He created the biggest photo studio in Bulgaria - Creative Hall.
Currently, he is based in Valencia, Spain.
Over the years, his name has become recognizable with his work for some of the famous print brands with more than 100 covers worldwide - Esquire, Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health, Elegance, OK! Magazine, Dali Magazine, Go guide. He worked in the television and film industry for a short time, but his passion for photography prevailed. He later became a photo editor for Esquire and Dali Magazine.
In 2014, after becoming a certified diver, he combined his two passions - photography and diving, which resulted in numerous photographic projects and commercial campaigns.
In 2017, Magnum photo and theprintspace selected him as one of the finalists of the Magnum swap shop, inspired by Martin Parr and David Hearn. In 2018, he is one of the authors awarded with Olympus Masters Europe with exhibitions in Prague, London and New York.
Over the years he has worked with various galleries and photo salons, and at the beginning of 2018, he opened his own gallery - MONOCHROME Hub VLC., in Valencia, Spain, in which he presents and sells limited edition photography. The gallery exhibits much of his work over the years - from commercial projects and documentary photography to his most recent searches in contemporary and conceptual photography.
With the changes and searches in his photographic work over the years, his pure and unpretentious style of work is preserved and in one or another form, the image of the person is always presented.
Ivailo Stanev-Álvarez has 10 individual exhibitions and 25 participations in exhibitions and joint projects. He has won various photographic awards and honours. He was a jury of various photo competitions. His works are owned by a large number of collectors and private institutions.
MAGAZINES:Elegance, Esquire, Dali Magazine, Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Harper’s Bazaar, Men's Health, OK!, Eva, Intro, Go guide, Moda, Jenata Dnes, Sign CAFE
CLIENTS: Alb Telekom, DSK Bank, FiBank, SiBank, Fikosota, Nu Boyana Film Studios, BNT, Lukoil, Dedeman, Balossa, Romantika Fashion, Glam on You, Vivatel, CSKA, Eurofootball, Prista Oil, Pierlucci, SSG, Walmark, ProfiLink, Praktiker