Alva Bernadine, b. 1961, lives and works in London
Alva Bernadine has photographed for numerous magazines and has had many profiles of his work in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, USA, Australia, Germany and, of course, Great Britain. He was a winner the Vogue/Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award in 1987 for his series of shoe pictures entitled ‘The Fetish’ and in 2002 won Erotic Photographer of the Year in Britain for his book Bernadinism: How to Dominate Men, Subjugate Women.
Alva Bernadine's nudes are unconventional and the images are saturated with colour and there is often an air of mystery to them. Models pose in provocative or dreamlike settings. Bodies are distorted and shadows on walls become faces. The scenarios are sophisticated but in addition suggest a story, an inconclusive narrative.