Alex FaKso(b.1977 - Bassano del Grappa) is an established street photographer with his lens on the underground. His works have been published in many magazines including Rolling Stone (Italy); Vice (Italy); Xplicit Grafx (France); Hype Beast Magazine (Hong Kong) and Corriere della Sera (Italy) and his photos have been used by 55DSL and Adidas for a line of clothes and limited edition shoes respectively.
Alex has exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK and Europe. He has released three books: Heavy Metal was published by Damiani in 2007. The second book Fast or Die was published in March 2011. The third book Sound Clash was published in July 2013
Heavy Metal, his first book is a photographic story enclosed in more than 160 pages, documenting styles and vicissitudes of the graffiti universe, transporting the reader into an unknown and unpublished dimension.
Fakso's photographs come from an inner research, an attempt to transform graffiti on trains into a well defined photographic style, aimed at transmitting in one picture all the intensity of the action, raw and honest, illegal and clandestine.
Heavy Metal is a book that not only shows, but recounts a cultural movement that lives in the shadows, difficult to understand and imagine.
Fast or Die is Alex Fakso's second photographic project, which comes to life after four years of travelling around the world, from London to the US, and as far as Russia and Japan.
Metropolitan narratives immortalised in 60 shots: portraits of people running, taking the subway, sleeping on docks, sneaking into tunnels.
Fakso follows his subjects taking part in the action, moving along with them, following them until he manages to document instants and moments of their days, thus creating snapshots that contain stories, details and sensations.
This time Fakso expanded his view beyond graffiti and tracks a robust framework of the metropolitan scenario embracing the people who inhabit it.
Images of ordinary people, common people plunged into the underground chaos : Fast or Die is a powerful photo strip describing the world through the subways; a report of the contemporary underground.
His most recent book Sound Clash is a photographic project which has taken over 4 years to document. All of the images were captured along the streets of Notting Hill during the world renowned Caribbean Carnival. Through these photos we can see how he transforms the famous sound systems that are strategically laid out, into street sculptures which become almost like modern day totems for the youth London.
In his own words:
"Every year the streets of west London are filled with millions of people and the music takes over due to the many sound systems that are erected, some of which have been playing here for over 30 years. My personal idea was to get very graphic images of the event, composed by parallelepipeds that I personally find very interesting for who they portray the context. I took the first photos before said sound systems began pumping the music: the calm before the storm. A couple of hours later the atmosphere would have totally changed and thousands of people would have been gathered beneath these sound totems which symbolise the street culture connected to the carnival.
Even though they are static and distant from my style, I find these photographs up-to-date because they portray the subject of street culture from which I take continuous inspiration.”