Valery Poshtarov was born in Dobrich in 1986. The son of an artist and a poet, he grew up ever surrounded by artistic people. At the age of 8, his family settled in Varna. During summer breaks he worked in some of his father’s numerous art galleries along the northern Black Sea coast; during the school year, he mastered the fine art and painting techniques at the National High School of Arts in Varna.
In 2006 he moved to Paris where he graduated Plastic Arts from the Sorbonne. His talent was immediately appreciated and his professors encouraged him to finish the three-year bachelor degree in one single year. This period is related to his vivid interest in the classical French humanist photography genre from the mid-twentieth century. Exhibitions of works from that period were presented in Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Sofia and more. Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris nominated him for the Cartier-Bresson Award. Despite the nomination and despite the 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 noise and vanity of the cocktail parties inevitably accompanying each exhibition. Since then, he has fervidly photographed artists and ordinary people, as well as the rural life from all around the Balkans.
His art became 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.
Valery Poshtarov is also a fine art expert and a founder of the first online art gallery in Eastern Europe.
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Far from trivial, he fully and unashamedly takes on time itself, time which passes and destroys everything under its deadly and transient veil. On the contrary he wants to show the permanence of things, and more than the simple biographical portrait, people. This is Childhood beyond the child, Wisdom beyond philosophy, poverty beyond the beggar.
Pascale Courbot, French Artist and Gallerist
[...]we can learn a lot from Valery's photographs. One thing that pretty much all of [his] photos have in common is that from the very begging they have a strong sense of story. Also, for the most part, Valery keeps it pretty simple but he's very effective because there is no confusion what any given photo is about. He captures tender sometimes beautiful human moments and you can't underestimate how powerful capturing moments like this can be even in portraits which often tend to be more static. Valery does also photograph these amazing characters and their faces they tell so many stories. He just lets these characters and these faces speak for themselves.
Mitchell Kanashkevich, travel and documentary photographer
His work is strong and sensitive to the subject.
Jacques Marlow, American Photobook Publisher
The event of the past 50 years! I have never seen reportage-style photography which comes so close to art photography, with individual little touches, an individual style;
Elena Filiptcheva, Bulgarian Photographer and Visual Artist
Humanism is not totally dead… His photos are the living proof.
Marc-Eliel, French Film Director
Valery Poshtarov is a lover of life, and he is quite right to be, as it goes quite right for him.
Laurent Terzieff, French Actor
Poshtarov has a very sensitive eye that penetrates through the heart of his subjects.
Emmanuel Santos, Australian Photographer
In order to look at it, to see it, to understand it, let us not open our eyes of reason, but simply take in the pleasure with the eyes of our soul.
Anne de Colbert Christophorov, French Artist