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Alex Sher Photography

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Alex Sher is a contemporary American underwater fine art photographer. Sher’s mesmerizing artworks are inspired by the elegance and natural beauty of the weightless human body wrapped in light and air bubbles.

Sher was born in Ukraine in 1962 and fell in love with photography at the age of six. He graduated from Kiev University in 1984 and completed his postgrad in 1989.

Sher started publishing his works in Ukraine in 1990; however, he jokes he was not recognized as an artist until his photograph was first stolen from an exhibition in 1994. He moved to the United States with his family in 1995 and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Sher took his first underwater photographs in 2010. His marine wildlife works soon became internationally acclaimed. The Natural History Museum in London awarded Sher as a finalist in its Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2016.

Sher's first fine art photographs emerged in 2013. In 2015, after participating in a photo competition his works were exhibited in Paris at the Louvre Museum and later by museums in London, New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities.

The year 2021 marks a new step in Sher’s creative career. The most recent series, “REFLECTIONS,” introduces his transition from figurative photography to abstract art.

Sher's first personal exhibition was held in 2016 by the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles. Following that exhibition, Sher has had numerous personal exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions as well as major art fairs. Sher's first photo book, Mermaids, was published in 2018. He has been represented by Touchon Gallery since 2019.

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(Biography provided by Touchon Gallery)

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Thunderweb - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of beautiful naked young woman in a pool filled with sun light. The bottom of the pool is covered with a mysterious web of ripple shadows and...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Steps - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A large and very becoming underwater photograph of a girl walking down the steps in pool toward you. The light blue photograph shows no swimsuit neither any places where you would ex...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Sirena dе Milo - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of beautiful naked young woman on a neutral black background. Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Slow Motion - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A beautiful and mysterious underwater photograph of a young naked woman slowly falling down through the pool water. Her strong body drops a bizarre shadow on the bottom of the pool ...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper

The Smile - underwater b&w nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater black and white photograph of a naked smiling young woman. It is a minimalistic monochrome photograph that blends well with contemporary interior. Original digital print...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Porcelain III - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Porcelain - aside from being an exquisite material - is the name of my project. The premise of the project: my best underwater photos in a porcelain color scheme on a black backgroun...
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21st Century and Contemporary Naturalistic Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Cold Song - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
I was in no creative mood that day. My ex-girlfriend told me she was pregnant. As if that was not enough, the pool was not heated, and the water was freezing. I could have called the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment, Archival Paper

Private Pool - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series The other side R...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Champagne - underwater photo of naked young woman in bubbles - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photo of a naked young woman wrapped in air bubbles. The photograph depicts only her body, the face is not visible. A very bright eye catching artwork. The pool was f...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Spark - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a young naked woman in the inner side of the water surface. There is always another side, another point of view, a different opinion. ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Cold December - underwater photograph from series Four Seasons - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An edited underwater photograph of two naked young women wrapped in tulle. This photograph is a part of the series ‘Four Seasons’. We offer 20% discount for buyers purchasing all ...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Möbius Mermaid - underwater photograph from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is an actual photograph of a topless young woman reflecting in the wate...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

The Turn - underwate photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of girl in red dress wrapped in bubbles Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition of 12, print #2 The artwork is furni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Steps - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A large and very becoming underwater photograph of a girl walking down the steps in pool toward you. The light blue photograph shows no swimsuit neither any places where you would ex...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Moonlight II - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a naked young women swimming in the pool. The blue and white series Moonlight blends nicely in any interior. Original digital print on archival paper sig...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Cold Song II - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a man diving in a pool, leaning toward a flower. A very bright photograph with plenty of sun and positivity. Original digital print on aluminum plate signed...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Small Talk - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of two women talking in the pool with their heads above the water. The heads are hidden from the camera by black water. Original digital arc...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Private Pool - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series The other side R...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Bubbles - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of beautiful naked young woman breasts covered with air bubbles. The work was included in the book ”Best of Photography 2016" Original digit...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Steps - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
A light and very becoming underwater photograph of a girl walking down the steps in pool toward you. The light blue photograph shows no swimsuit neither any places where you would ex...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Salsa - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series The other side R...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Crossfire - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a young naked woman processed in an abstract black and white symmetrical composition. Original gallery quality print on archival metallic paper signed by ...
Category

2010s Feminist Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Anesthesia - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - aluminum print
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series The other side R...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Brushstroke - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series "The other side ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Red Pretzel - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a topless dancer diving in red tutu skirt. Original digital print on archival paper signed by the artist. Limited edition of 24 The artwork is furnished ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Ink

Carmen - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater nude photograph of Russian celebrity singer Katya Lee. The photograph is mostly black and white except for the red scarf. Original digital print on archival paper signed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Indian Scarf - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a naked young woman wrapped in red Indian scarf. The artwork is accompanied by the actual scarf used for taking this photograph. The scarf is not attached to...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Adventure - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a topless young woman in red dress. Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition of 12 The artwork is furnished with cert...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Bubbles - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of beautiful naked young woman breasts covered with air bubbles. The work was included in the book ”Best of Photography 2016" Original digit...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Sunbeams - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater B&W photograph of a young naked woman wrapped in air bubbles and sunbeams. She had five grand-pianos at her house, a pool on the third floor, and a man cursing in Russian...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Mermaids - a book of underwater nude and wildlife photographs - hard cover 12x9
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
The book “Mermaids” has the best of Alex Sher’s underwater photography for eight years (2010-2017). It blends artistic nudity with the beauty of the ocean wildlife - transforming the...
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2010s Photorealist Alex Sher Photography

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Magazine Paper

Water Lily - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a gorgeous girl with dark hair in red dress. Original gallery quality print on archival metallic paper signed by the artist. Limited edition of 24 The artw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Mermaids - a book of underwater nude and wildlife photographs - hard cover 12x9
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
The book “Mermaids” has the best of Alex Sher’s underwater photography for eight years (2010-2017). It blends artistic nudity with the beauty of the ocean wildlife - transforming the...
Category

2010s Photorealist Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Magazine Paper

Lombardy Ballet - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a ballerina in red tutu skirt dancing underwater in a pool. A very bright photograph with plenty of sun and positivity. Original digital print on aluminum p...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Metal

Sweet and Spicy - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a young naked woman diving in a pool. Original gallery quality print on archival metallic paper signed by the artist. Limited edition of 24 The artwork is...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

The Real Mermaid - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
There were five grand-pianos at her house, a pool on the third floor, and a mad man on the bottom of that pool - me. You probably don’t know that a broken pump turns your pool into a...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Hot July - underwater photograph from series Four Seasons - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An edited underwater photograph of two naked young women wrapped in tulle. This photograph is a part of the series ‘Four Seasons’. We offer 20% discount for buyers purchasing all ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Sweet September -underwater photograph from series Four Seasons - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An edited underwater photograph of two naked young women wrapped in tulle. This photograph is a part of the series ‘Four Seasons’. We offer 20% discount for buyers purchasing all ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Crossfire - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of naked young woman processed in an abstract black and white symmetrical composition. Original gallery quality print on archival metallic paper signed by th...
Category

2010s Feminist Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Garden Pool - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a naked young women with dark hair on red background. The pool is built in the garden and you can see bright green trees and blue sky through the water su...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper

Pointe - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Four years ago I wrecked my sailboat and was self-medicating with vodka at a Russian restaurant when I suddenly noticed a cute girl hanging from the ceiling right above my glass. She...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Ink, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Porcelain II - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Porcelain - aside from being an exquisite material - is the name of my project. The premise of the project: my best underwater photos in a porcelain color scheme on a black backgroun...
Category

2010s Naturalistic Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Flurry - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a young woman in red dress dancing underwater in a pool. A very bright photograph with plenty of sun and positivity. Model: a Russian dancer Olga Sokolova. ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Steps - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
She was a friend of a friend, a model from Russia. She had never worked underwater before, and I did not expect too much from the first session. She was entering the pool while I was...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Circus - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a topless young woman dancing on dark blue background. Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition of 12, print #1 Th...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Private Pool - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - aluminum print
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph from the series The other side R...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Water Lily - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a gorgeous girl with dark hair in red dress. Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition of 12, print #2 The artwork is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Blood and Milk III - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a topless young woman with white tulle scarf taking off her red skirt on bright red background. * Original digital print on archival paper signed by the ...
Category

2010s Photorealist Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Digital, Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Pointe - underwater photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Four years ago I wrecked my sailboat and was self-medicating with vodka at a Russian restaurant when I suddenly noticed a cute girl hanging from the ceiling right above my glass. She...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Spark - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a young naked woman in the inner side of the water surface. There is always another side, another point of view, a different opinion. ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Hot Lure - underwater photograph from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is an actual photograph of a topless young woman reflection - from the ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

Hot Champagne - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a naked young woman wrapped in bubbles Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by the artist. Limited edition of 12 The artwork is furnished wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Surprise - underwater photograph - from series REFLECTIONS - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a reflection of a diving woman in the inner side of the water surface. This is not a painting, this is a real photograph. There is always another side, ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Blood Drop - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Underwater photograph of a young naked woman diving in a pool. Her face is covered with red scarf. Her beautiful naked body and the red scarf look fresh and vibrant on black backgro...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Champagne - underwater photo of naked young woman in bubbles - aluminum print
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photo of a naked young woman wrapped in air bubbles. The photograph depicts only her body, the face is not visible. A very bright eye catching artwork. The pool was f...
Category

2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Blood and Milk V - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
An underwater photograph of a topless young woman with white tulle scarf - taking off her red skirt on bright red background. -- Original digital print on aluminum plate signed by ...
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2010s Photorealist Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Metal

Dancing Flowers - underwater photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Once upon a time a friend asked me to take her pictures underwater. She was neither big on diving nor was ready to model nude. She asked if she could bring a friend. Her friend happe...
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2010s Contemporary Alex Sher Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Wild Blood - underwater nude photograph - print on paper
By Alex Sher
Located in Santa Monica, CA
There is no rules for luck. I was sure the new girl would need practice and practice - and was wrong. She was just perfect from the first second till the last one. Next month she go...
Category

2010s Photorealist Alex Sher Photography

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Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital