100 Faces of London
MILAN'S BRIEF BIOGRAPHY AND CONTACT DETAILS
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 45 years in London. A vetaran observer of 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 photography in London's Photographers' Gallery. In addition to portraiture and plant studies, Milan's photographic work encompasses travel photography, landscapes, 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.
100 Faces of London comprised portraits of 100 Londoners, celebrating the extraordinary diversity of people who live and work in the capital. This highly sucessful 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 was to be the first component of Milan's London Trilogy.
Outsiders in London, Are you one, too? was Milan's second solo exhibition, also held at The Gallery in the Crypt, in 2015. During the show's seven-week run, the work was seen by over 8,000 visitors. With strong links to its predecessor, it too emphasized the extraordinary diversity amongst Londoners, this time with much more background about the sitters and a more explicit socio-political slant. This formed the second component of Milan's London Trilogy.
This project can still be seen online at:
Londoners at Home: The Way We Live Now
This is the final element of Milan's London Trilogy. The outcome of two years' dedicated work, 64 subjects have been covered extensively, once more highlighting the great diversity amongst Londoners and the lives they lead. In this project, the photographer has stepped out of the studio, photographing and interviewing people in their own homes or the places where they live. Associated with the resulting images are articles, often extensive, that depict the sitters' lives, placing them within both their current socio-political and socio-economic circumstances and the historical context.
This project can be seen online at:
The London Trilogy has been concieved as, and remains, an emphatically non-commercial work; it is a disinterested record of the lives of Londoners in the early 21st century which the British Library at St Pancras will preserve for posterity.
Milan's commercial photography is completely separate from the London Trilogy and a broad spectrum of his work can be viewed at:
Milan is one of Epson's DIGI Graphie artists.