alnis stakle


2011 PhD in art education, Daugavpils University, Latvia


since 2011 - Director of Multimedia Communication and Photography study programs at Riga Stradins University, Latvia

since 2014 – Member of the Visual Arts Council, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

since 2006 – Lecturer of photography at Riga Stradins University and Latvia Culture College, Riga, Latvia

2006 - 2008 & 2013 – 2015 Expert in visual arts, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga, Latvia

Since 2004 – 24 workshops and Lectures for professional artists and photographers - Latvia, Russia, England, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia

Grants, awards, residencies


Book Melancholic Road Jury Special Mention the Anamorphosis Prize.

Book Melancholic Road shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

Shelter series nominated for Discoveries Award 2017 at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France

Swatch Art Peace Hotel artist residency, Shanghai, China

Book dummy "Melancholic Road" shortlisted for Unseen Photo Fair & Festival dummy award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles dummy award, Fotobookfestival Kassel dummy award & Photobook Bristol dummy award

Winner of the 4th Scopio International Photography Contest, Porto, Portugal

Winner of the "Blow Up" International Photography Contest, Australia

The Arte Cultural Actions prize, Boutographies Photo festival, Montpellier, France

Work from series “Shangri-La” selected for CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 prize

Series “Shangri-La” selected among 9 finalists for PHE OjodePez Award, Spain

Series “Shangri-La” selected among 20 finalists for Emerging Focus Barcelona

Series "Not Even Something" selected for Critical Mass Top 50

Series “Not Even Something” shortlisted for Terry O’Neill Photography Awards

Series “Not Even Something” selected among 25 finalists for LensCulture Exposure Awards

First place in Architecture section (work series Lost), Sony World Photography Award

Work series “Lost: Paris” selected among 10 finalists for Leica Oscar Barnack Award

Latio Year Award in Latvia Photography, Riga, Latvia

Grant by art centre Modern Art Oxford for participation in residency and exhibition ‘Flash Back’, Oxford, England

Grant by World Press Photo foundation for participation in Joop Swart Masterclass, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Works in collections

Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library,  New Haven, USA

MoMA Manhattan Artists' Books, NY NY, USA

Rijksmuseum Library, Amsterdam, The netherlands

ABLV Contemporary Art Collection, Riga, Latvia

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

Latvian Photography Museum, Latvia

The Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, RIBA British Architectural Library, UK

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Airesa, Argentina

Thessalonica Museum of Photography, Greece

Private collections in Russia, UK, Germany, USA

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Shelter, The Rencontres de la Photographie (Discovery Award), Arles, France

Thicket, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Simple Story, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art – Office Gallery, Riga, Latvia

Not Even Something, Centre for Fine Arts “Bozar” (curated by: Christophe De Jaeger), Brussels, Belgium


Archive Anatomy (in cooperation with Jekaterina Stakle - Marinska), Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

LSD, FK gallery, Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art KIM?, Riga, Latvia


Broken Line, gallery ‘Carre’, Photofestival ‘Transphotographiques’, Lille, France (with catalogue)


Topography of Biography, Art Center ‘Winzavod’, Moscow, Russia

Nothing Personal, National Art Museum exhibition hall ‘Arsenals’, Riga, Latvia

Living Space – Daugavpils, F Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania (with catalogue)

Flash Back, gallery ‘Modern Art Oxford’, Oxford/England (with catalogue)

Living Space – Daugavpils, gallery “AAS”, photofestival “Photosynkyria” Thessalonica, Greece (with catalogue)

Living Space – Daugavpils, Art & Literature centre ‘Apopsi’, 13th International Month of             Photography, Athens, Greece (with catalogue)

Living Space - Daugavpils, gallery `Klariski`, Bratislava/Slovakia

Dark Side of the Moon, Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia

Dark Side of the Moon, Art Center Nigendijker, photofestival Noorderlicht, Groningen, The Netherlands (with catalogue)

Selected Collective Exhibitions


Looking outside, looking inside, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia


Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, France

Turbulence, 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Ukraine

Theory of R, FotoFest Košice, Slovakia

Still Searching, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece 


Unseen Photo Fair & Festival, (book "Melancholic Road"), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, dummy Book exhibition (book "Melancholic Road"), Arles, France 

Fotobookfestival Kassel (book "Melancholic Road"), Three Shadows Photography Arts Centre, Beijing, China

Photobook Bristol (book "Melancholic Road"), United Kingdom

Gibellina Photoroad (book "Melancholic Road"), Itally

Gazebook Sicily Photobook Festival (book "Melancholic Road"), Itally

PhotoIreland Festival, (book "Melancholic Road"), Dublin, Ireland

Boundaries, gallery 'Artget', Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia

Latvian View, Kaunas Photo, Raudondvaris Art Incubator Lithuania


Crossing Borders, Shifting Boundaries (Curated by: Pedro Leão Neto), University of Liverpool in London, United Kingdom

Contemporary Activism, Malmo Fotobiennal, Malmo, Sweden  

Boundaries, 7th International Festival of photography Organ Vida, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

Bitume PhotoFest, Gallipoli, Italy

Voies Off, Arles, France

Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

Euroartphoto (curated by: Renata Tartufoli), MLAC - Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Roma, Italia

Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Media, CRASSH Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences un Humanities, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Boutographies Photofestival - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier, France

Photobook Melbourne, Australia

Format Photofestival, Derby, UK

Latvian Landscape, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

Terry O'Neill Award exhibition, Strand Gallery, London, United Kingdom

31 Contemporary Photographers - LensCulture Exposure Awards, London College of Communication, United Kingdom

Connecting Points, Kanepes Culture Centre, Riga, Latvia (with catalogue)

Abroad (curated by: Liga Lindenbauma), Mukusala Art Centre, Riga, Latvia

A Process, Galerie in Hohmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany (with catalogue)

Sense of Place, Prospekto Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania (with catalogue)

XVIII Encuentros Abiertos Festival de La Luz 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina

CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

Wild – Animals in Contemporary Photography (curated by: Matthias Harder), The Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin, Germany

Utopian City, Survival Kit 6 Contemporary Art Festival (curated by: Solvita Krese), Vāgnera Hall, Riga, Latvia

Euroartphoto, Palazzo della Stelline, Milan, Italy

Sense of Place, Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

NordArt (curated by: Wolfgang Gramm), Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany (with catalogue)

...for an occurrence to become an adventure... (curated by: Solvita Krese), Riga Art Space, Latvia (with catalogue)

A Sense of Place - Contemporary Latvian Photography, Ausstellungshalle, Frankfurt (Main), Germany (with catalogue)

Only View, J. Raiņa Museum, Berkenele, Latvia

Survival Kit: Contemporary art festival (curated by: Solvita Krese), Latvian Center for Contemporary Arts

Circulations photofestival, Galerie Cote Seine & Trianon, Paris, France

Photograffiti photofestival (curated by: Andrey Bezukladnikov), Perm, Russia (with catalogue)

Labor Ost, (curated by: Walter Keller, Zürich, and Horst Kloever, Berlin), V8 Gallery, Kologne, Germany (with catalogue)

Interstice (curated by: Inese Baranovska), Cesis Art Festival, Latvia

Labor Ost, (curated by: Walter Keller, Zürich, and Horst Kloever, Berlin), Swiss Photo Award days, Zurich, Switzerland

GuatePhoto photofestival, (curated by: Clara de Tezanos, Adriana Teresa and Juan Jose Estrada), Carlos Merida Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala

Private: Latvian Contemporary Photo Art, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

What Lays Beneath: Nature & Urban Landscape in EU Photography, fotofestival ‘Fotoweek’ Washington DC

Private: Latvian Contemporary Photo Art, Photobiennale, Art Center ‘Winzavod’, Moscow, Russia (with catalogue)

European Night, photofestival ‘Rencontres d’Arles’, Arles, France

From M to ZZZ: Latvian Contemporary Art, Langhans gallery, Prague, the Czech Republic

Chronicles of the Everyday: Best Documentary Photography from Post-Soviet Countries, Museum and exhibition complex in Archangelsk, Regional Art Museum in Tjumen, ‘Vyhod Media Center in Petrozavodsk, Museum center in Krasnojarsk (organized by foundation Objective Reality), Moscow, Russia

Visions and Interpretations: Contemporary Latvian Photography, photofestival Open Photography, Central Museum of Communications, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

What is important?, organized by Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (with catalogue)

Topography of body, Latvian Photography museum, Riga, Latvia

Pride, Photography Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with catalogue)

Topography, Mimar museum, Zagreb, Croatia

Fotonoviembre, VII Tenerife International Photography Festival, Contemporary Art Museum, Santo Domingo, Spain (with catalogue)

II Art Biennial – Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (with catalogue)

Selected Bibliography (magazines & books)

Shelter, Veto Magazine (40), Riga, Latvia 

Theory of R, British Journal of Photography (May), UK

Latvian Landscape (book), Contemporary Culture centre KultKom: Riga, Latvia

Incandescent Issue 7, Pine Island Press, Portland, USA

Alnis Stakle, Made in Mind Issue 4, APTALAB - Publisher for innovation and artistic research

Alnis Stakle, SCOPIO magazine - 'Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries: Architecture' and its ADDENDUM, Porto, Portugal

Dries Bos, "Alnis Stakle" in Alice Elliott-Pimm & Paul Peterson (eds.), Blow Up (book), Australia

Pete Brook, "Ghostly Photos Reveal Subzero Shortcuts Through Post-Soviet Cities", Wired (Online), January 7th

Alnis Stakle, Popper, Popper Publishing: Riga, Latvia

Der Greif -A Process-, Der Greif: Augsburg, Germany

Alnis Stakle, “Shangri-La”, OjodePez (38), La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain

Shangri-La, Fotografijos Ratas No 1(7), Lithuanian Press Photographers Club, Vilnius Lithuania

Jane Tormey, Cities and Photography (Book), Routledge: New York, NY

Ieva Astahovska, "Alnis Stakle" in Mairita Brice, Una Meistere & Daiga Rudzāte (eds.),Contemporary Art in Latvia, 2007-2012: The Purvītis Award (Book), Rīga, Latvia

Alnis Stakle, Archivo Photography 2012, Archivo: Porto, Portugal

Without Walls (Book), Neputns: Riga, Latvia

Sense of Place (Book), Contemporary Culture centre KultKom: Riga, Latvia

Alnis Stakle, "Lost" in Roman Bezjak (ed.), The Other Side: Photography from Eastern Europe, Kehrer Verlag: Heidelberg, Germany.

Alnis Stakle, "Lost: Paris", Leica Fotografie International: Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Special Edition, Issue 1, Solms, Germany.
Vikuļina Jekaterina, "Ilgas", FK, issue 1, Riga, Latvia

Harder Matthias, "Alnis Stakle", Photography Now, Issue 1.10. Berlin, Germany

Ķencis Toms, "Contemporary Photo Art in Latvia", Kwartalnik Fotografia, Issue 35, Wrzesnia, Poland

Swain Miria, "Alnis Stakle", in Suzanne Cotter, Andrew Nairne & Victoria Pomery (eds.), Arrivals > Art From the New Europe (Book), Modern Art Oxford & Turner Contemporary

Bate David, "Kinship with Dream", Source, Issue 46, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Stakle Alnis, "Living Space – Daugavpils", Camera Austria, Issue 90, Graz, Austria

Whisnand Tyler, "Alnis Stakle: Place for Dreams", EYEMAZING, Issue 7, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Auziņš Vilnis, "Alnis Stakle: Diving in Reality", IMAGO, Issue 16, foundation ‘FOTOFO’, Bratislava, Slovakia

Auziņš Vilnis, "Between Visual Fetishes", Kvartalnik Fotgrafia, Issue 13, Poland

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