Meet Concern Celebrity Partner Alexi Lubomirski

June 23, 2017
Written by Ed Kenney

Fashion and Royal Wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski steps up his commitment to tackling extreme poverty as a Concern Celebrity Partner. Here’s why we’re so excited to be working side by side with this passionate artist, family man, and humanitarian.

Alexi Lubomirski and Aline Weber

Alexi and fashion model Aline Weber on set at a photoshoot for Allure. Photo courtesy: Alexi Lubomirski

Alexi Lubomirski is one of the world’s top fashion photographers, but calling him a “celebrity supporter” is a massive understatement. He has quietly been one of Concern’s most loyal advocates and donors for years, truly a part of our family, and recently he’s been taking that support more and more public. Calling him a “prince,” might seem a bit much, but it’s true: he’s descended from Polish royalty!

We call them “partners” because they are so much more than “ambassadors” or any other lofty title you might think of.

Alexi Lubomirski

A young Alexi Lubomirski during his time living in Botswana. Photo courtesy: Alexi Lubomirski

Alexi was born in England to a Peruvian/English mother and a Polish/French father. When he was eight, he moved to Botswana, and at 11 he received his first camera. His serious interest in photography developed over a gap year spent in Peru on a break from college. He then evolved from a social commentary to narrative-based fashion photographer while studying at the University of Brighton in the UK, but never lost his global perspective or deep social conscience.

After meeting legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino and spending four years as his assistant in Paris, Alexi embarked on a career that has taken him around the world, shooting for such publications as Harpers Bazaar US, Harpers Bazaar UK, Vogue’s titles across North America, Europe and Asia, GQ USA, and Allure.

Recently, Alexi followed in Mario Testino’s footsteps and became the ‘Royal Photographer‘ for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. Not only did he shoot their widely publicized engagement photos, he was also on hand at their wedding to take the official wedding portraits!

Alexi Lubomirski and Lupita Nyong'o

Alexi and actress Lupita Nyong’o snap a selfie on set. Photo courtesy: Alexi Lubomirski

He has also become a firm favorite among celebrities — shooting cover stars like Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Scarlett Johansson, and Lupita Nyong’o… to name a few.

Alexi’s support has gone well beyond donated proceeds, and his contribution to our mission is about to get much bigger.

In 2014, he published Princely Advice for a Happy Life, written for his two young sons, on the virtues of behaving in a manner befitting a prince in the 21st Century. And in 2016, his second photo book and exhibition, Diverse Beauty, made a bold statement aimed at highlighting a broader range of beauty beyond that presented in fashion magazines and ad campaigns. All proceeds from both books have been donated to Concern.

Alexi Lubomirski book signing

Alexi Lubomirski at a book signing, sponsored by Shinola, for Princely Advice for a Happy Life. Photo courtesy: Alexi Lubomirski

Alexi’s support has gone well beyond donated proceeds, and his contribution to our mission has only gotten bigger over time. Recently, Alexi traveled to the field with Concern, visiting Concern programs in Kenya over the course of three days. Don’t miss out on his thoughts of our work, as well as the stunning photographs he and his team took on the ground! But there is going to be more to come, so stay tuned for more exciting announcements.

In the meantime, follow him on Instagram and get to know him through this short conversation about blending his passion and compassion, as a photographer, a family man, and a humanitarian.

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