Born: 1979, Perth, Scotland.
Lives and works in London.
Born in Scotland, and raised in London, photographer Ivar Wigan (b. 1979) exhibits a nuanced sensitivity to light, composition and narrative. This is due in part to his early years working in film production, fashion and advertising photography. Wigan’s subject matter is often focused on the unglamorous realities of urban or rural poverty — his photography examines gangs and strip club interiors to African villages and tribal cultures. The impetus to document comes from a place of admiration and in this way, his photographs call to mind the work of Nan Goldin or Richard Billingham, where drama and spectacle are as central a focal point as empathy.
Wigan received his MA in History of Art and Ancient History from the University of Edinburgh. 2015 saw the release of The Gods, a series the photographer created during time spent immersed in the North American sprawl of Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. It was here that Wigan became absorbed by capturing unusual and typically undocumented lifestyles.
The Gods. Little Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles.
The Gods. PM/AM, London.