Travel: The Carlton Club

Photos_text: Aleksandra Karpowicz

Carlton Club – oldest, most elite and most important of all Conservative clubs. Membership of the club is by nomination and election only.
Traditionally only men could become full members. From 1970s onwards, women were allowed to become associate members, meaning they were unable to vote. Just five years ago the tradition was broken and the club admitted women as full voting members. Since becoming Conservative leader in 1975, Margaret Thatcher has been an honorary member of the club and as such, until 2008 was the only female member entitled to full membership.

The Club was founded in 1832. The mystery of the interiors has been guarded for nearly two centuries. Aleksandra Karpowicz was the first person who got permission to organise a photo session in this amazing historical venue which avoided women during almost all its existence.


 Aleksandra’s bio

Aleksandra Karpowicz is a London based photographer with a passion for portraits, fine art and travel photography. Her inspirations come from a mixture of her past combined with her creative influences. 

Aleksandra was born in 1984 in Warsaw, Poland; she has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Warsaw with scholarship exchanges abroad to the University of Oslo and Vilnius University. She then completed her diploma in photography from the London University of the Arts where she graduated with distinction.

Aleksandra’s love of photography goes back to her childhood, when she got her first film camera at the age of seven; as her work developed over the years, it emerged that she had a prominent focus on people. Her fascination with human nature is evident in her travel reportage and strongly influences her creative work.

 In her travel series, she introduces you to the destination’s mood and character from the perspective of both locals and visitors. She presents a varieties of shots as portraits, everyday interactions and even her landscape shots faintly capture the presence of local people.

 Her portrait and artistic work developed from spending hours in studio with various models, stylists and collaborating artists. Her series Fairy Tale Insanity embodies her approach. For the series, she collaborated with nearly 20 models and artists, to express her vision for the project, which was inspired by her love for the story Alice in Wonderland.

Aleksandra is driven to produce creative and artistic images for both fashion and art.