The concept and realization are very different from the central features of his work. It is only natural that it be strongly influenced by the aesthetic and compositional principles of architecture. Hence his pictures are always well-defined, concise and balanced in composition, laconic in expression, translated into a form that reveals the essence. Confident, Popov framed the image still within the viewfinder, refining the frame by removing any excess thus achieving the most difficult of all perfections - simplicity. This makes his works accomplished before the final copy. Therefore, we can hardly take away or add something to make the work “prettier“.
Arch. Nikolay Popov
Great art can be comprehended and appreciated only with the progress of time. Arch. Nikolay Popov is one of the founding masters of the Bulgarian fine art photography, a sparkling and original talent, one of the classics of the Bulgarian photographic art. In 1951, he was one of the first to be awarded the title „artist photographer“ and in 1961, for demonstrated high skill and perfect technique was awarded the title EFIAP – Excellence of the International Federation for Photographic Art. For two decades, he had won recognition as a fine art photographer with a large general and artistic culture, exquisite creative individuality, personal manner and style, fine-tuned aesthetic perception, psychological depth, poetic sensitivity, talent for conceptual and artistic generalizations.
His works construct a unique world of images, valuable not only as an artistic legacy of a past stage in the development of Bulgarian photography, but also because they allow us to uncover works of durable, lasting value, embodiment of principles, ideas and opinions to further develop and enrich .Based on the principles of a „spiritual“ realism, Arch. Popov recreates reality through aesthetic filtration which does not idealize and embellish but retains the primal beauty, adds to the innermost nature, purifying daily withering from the accidental, inessential, atypical, banal. He shows us what everyone is looking at but not everyone sees!.