Imants Gross (1953) was raised in a Latvian refugee family in Sweden. He went to high school in Germany and studied law at the University of Stockholm and the University of Brussels. His professional career has been within international relations and diplomacy in European and Africa. From 1991 until 1996, Imants was Latvia’s ambassador to Sweden and Norway. For the past seven years, he has lived in Riga where, since 2006, he has run the Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia.
Imants’ grandfather, Miķelis Gross (1886-1966), was a photographer who was active in Latvia and St. Petersburg. He inspired his grandson early in life to take up photography. Imants has gained professional skills in photography at courses and work shops in Germany, Sweden, Latvia and France (with Gunars Janaitis, Göran Segeholm, Aaron Schuman, Anders Petersen, Arno Minkkinen, JH Engström).
- Group exhibition, CITY – Dreams and Reality Väterbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden, 17.02-28.04 and 15.06-29.09 with series Life is Elsewhere
- Group exhibition Arles Photography Open Salon 2012, Gallerie Huit, Arles 2 Jul-23 Sept
- Solo exhibition with the series “Life is Elsewhere”, at the Regional Museum in Talsi, Latvia.
- Group exhibition “To Be or Not” at the Riga city theatre Daile’s new art space Briviba 75 together with 7 other artists.
- Solo exhibition “Here and now” at gallery Neputns in Riga.
- Group exhibition with series “Fluid times” at Kuldiga Regional Museum, Latvia.
- Solo exhibition “Life is Elsewhere” at the Riga Art Space museum.
- Solo exhibition with series “Water…” at Norden gallery in Riga
- Solo exhibition with “Water..” at the “Gates of the Sea” theatrical center in Ventspils, Latvia.
- Exhibition dedicated to his grandfather Miķelis Gross – “Gross 1909-2009: 100 Years of Photography in Four Generations” at Putti Gallery, Riga.
- Commissioned by Tele2 Latvia for its 2012 client calendar.
- Shot and produced 3 music video clips for concerts in Latvia with musician Raimonds Tiguls.
- Produced a dvd with photo works and music video together with musicians Raimonds Tiguls and Deniss Pashkevich for the exhibition “Life is Elsewhere”.
Imants is represented by Birkenfelds gallery in Riga, Latvia