Who I am?
Born in Bulgaria in 1986. The son of an artist and a poet, Valery Poshtarov grew up ever surrounded by artists. He mastered fine art techniques at the National High School of Arts in Varna. Then he moved to Paris where he graduated Plastic Arts from the Sorbonne. The Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris nominated him for the Cartier-Bresson Award. After 35 consecutive exhibitions in various parts of Europe (spanning from 2007 to 2012), in the end, Valery went back to Bulgaria, choosing to shut himself out of the exhibition world. In 2011 he founded the first online art gallery in Eastern Europe. His job as an art dealer let him work independently in the field of photography all by preserving his artistic freedom. This let him develop his personal work into various long-term projects. In 2021, he self-published his first photobook, The Last Man Standing In The Rhodope Mountains, the result of 14 years of expeditions in 985 villages in the Rhodopes. In the end of the same year, he established the PhotoAnthology Foundation, whose mission is to promote artistic practices in photography and to execute documentary projects of public importance.
The art of Valery Poshtarov is part of major collections of different official institutions around the world: Presidency of the Republic of France, the French embassy in Ireland, Bulgarian Cultural Centre in Paris, Evgenii Evtushenko Museum in Moscow, and others.
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* the portrait above: Valery Poshtarov by Svilen Nachev, 2020