ABOUT ME

Charles Lugtu is a photographer based in San Diego, California primarily focusing on photographic portraiture, fashion and glamour, and digital art. Inspired by fashion photography legends such as Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts, Charles has experimented with different photographic styles from outdoor, on location portraiture to in studio high fashion.

Charles’s “Glamour” style is defined uniquely by its bold, dark, urban, “edgy-glamour” theme involving subjects in rough, graffiti-heavy locations, with diffused, sometimes dramatic natural lighting.

 

Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art” ~Richard Avedon

 


***AWARDS***

-2012, JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) award (3rd place) for Best Illustration for “Faith, Hope, Love” (Breast Cancer illustration for October 2011 edition of Palomar College’s Newspaper “The Telescope.”)
-2013, Photographer’s Forum “Best of Photography 2013″ Finalist (Ashley)
-2013, San Diego County Fair, International Exhibition: Honorable Mention (“Sierra”)

***PUBLICATIONS***

-Published in The Modified Dolls magazine (2011)
 -October issue (Breast Cancer Awareness)
 -November issue (ASPCA)
 -December issue (Toys for Tots)
-M & M Modeling Magazine, Fall Fashion 2013 (“Savanna”)
-PUMP Magazine, Issue 4 (Swimsuit Issue, 2 full spreads)

***EXHIBITIONS***

-Showcase at the Escondido Municipal Gallery (“Hope, Faith, Love”) [2011]
-Showcase at the Escondido Municipal Gallery (“Mele”) [2012]
-Showcase at the Escondido Municipal Gallery (“Beauty & Vandalism”) [2013]
-Showcase at the San Marcos Civic Center (“Danielle”) [2011]
-Showcase at the San Marcos Civic Center (“Mele”) [2013]
-Showcase at the San Marcos Civic Center (“Beauty & Vandalism”) [2014]
-San Diego County Fair International Exhibition of Photography (“Gatekeeper (Alexa)” and “Stevie”) [2012]
-San Diego County Fair International Exhibition of Photography (“Mele,” “Tammy,” “Stephanie,” “*Sierra” [*Honorable Mention Ribbon]) [2013]
-San Diego County Fair International Exhibition of Photography (“Mikah” – 2nd Place for Color Portraits. “Lindsey” – 3rd Place for Black and White Portraits. “Beauty & Vandalism” – Honorable Mention for Black and White Portraits. “Sierra” – Honorable Mention for Color Portraits. Other exhibited photographs; “Jump!,” “We Were Here,” “Isabel.”)