Lupino is a gifted photographer who creates an intimate rapport with his subject and strips bare the subject to expose the strengths and weaknesses of his subjects. His portraits illuminate inner feelings – desire, strength, hedonism, insouciance, vulnerability, more often than not compounded by a state of emotional an physical abandon. Natural lighting and a distaste for post-production are evident in his work. 


Lupino’s iconic black and white vintage photography emanates from both commercial and non-commercial sources. Whether working for fashion magazines, commercial clients or in pursuit of his own particular vision, the subjects are haunting in the naked, often unsettling but brave and honest emotions he encourages his subjects to reveal.


During his time in New York in the late eighties, Lupino set up his own makeshift studio in night clubs such as The World where he took many portraits of the constant flow of fashionistas and night clubbers who came to the club in its heyday. Some of the frequent celebrity visitors to the clubs are captured here.


Lupino’s ability to capture the male form stems from a pure fascination with the sensual beauty of the human body. Whether the subject is male or female, he uncovers a mixture of inner strength, sensitivity and vulnerability. These nude studies hint at eroticism but the studies encourage the viewer to see the human spirit beyond the physical form.


Lupino’s archive of photography is far too extensive to be displayed in full here. Instead, we have chosen a selection of some of his favourite and memorable photographs to give a sense of the artist’s range and expression in colour.