Alex Cretey Systermans

Alex Crétey Systermans is a French photographer based in Paris.  He graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’ Art, Villa Arson, Nice (Fr), with a DNSEP (MFA) with honours.  His photographs are part of international private collections.  As a commercial photographer, Alex works for big media companies and agencies such as Saatchi &Saatchi or Havas Worldwide. As an editorial photographer, Alex is a regular contributor to significant clients such as The New-York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Le Monde, enRoute Magazine, Air France Magazine, etc.  His photographs were part of various group shows worldwide including France, United Kingdom, Usa and Serbia and was exhibited as solo shows in Paris in 2012, in Paris Photo 2013 in Paris Grand Palais as a winner of the first prize of the 2013 SFR Jeunes Talents Award (Young Talent Award) and in Roma in 2014 as European Emerging Talents.  Today we share his series, Welcome to the First Dark Sky Island.

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Welcome to the First Dark Sky Island

Welcome to the First Dark Sky Island is a small journey on the little island of Sark in the British Channel Islands. This short, ongoing essay was started in 2014 and is a chapter of a growing larger long term book project on small islands.  Based on Alex Cretey Systermans’s life obsession with remote islands, using both the languages of fiction and documentary, this project wanders through a series of small community islands around the world, chosen both  for their poetic qualities and their slightly twisted, or complex history.

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Alex Crétey Systermans is an active member of Strange.rs International Photography Collective and a regular contributor to Cult Magazine. He’s represented by Swerve Represents (London) and Interlinks image (Paris).

Selektor, a monographic book with his work was featured along with an essay by Loic Thisse In June 2014. (http://selektor.fr/alexcreteysystermans/)

Alex is currently working on his first book.  To view more of his work, please visit his website



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Jennifer Murray
Executive Director
Filter Photo
Chicago, Illinois


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Jennifer Murray is an artist, educator, and curator based in Chicago. She is the Executive Director of Filter Photo, a nonprofit festival, exhibition, and educational space. She teaches at Loyola University Chicago and is an independent artists' consultant.

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