Photographer Aleksandra Kingo walks the razor’s edge between discomfort and sexiness, toying with our senses of disgust and attraction. The London-based artist describes her images as “feminine, colorful, a little bit awkward and full of irony.” She studied fashion styling and photography at the London College of Fashion, and then worked on finding herself. “It took me quite a bit of time of wandering around and trying different photographic styles and techniques until I nailed my own style and aesthetic”—at the ripe age of 24. Mostly a still life and fashion photographer, Kingo has expanded her repertoire to include editorial commissions and commercial clients, such as Hunger magazine and the British public service broadcaster Channel 4. She finds creative fodder in memes, pop art, the 1970s and 1980s, provocative fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, and the art magazine Toilet Paper. Hardworking and adventurous, Kingo recently directed her first video for the French pop diva Yelle, and it abounds with humorous moments, including a bouncing, googly-eyed bum. Her advice to others says a lot about her own work: “Have fun and don’t be lazy.”
This San Francisco artist transitioned from a design studio principal to a powerhouse photographer.