Gueorgui Pinkhassov

“As though guided by a compass, his eye is attracted to light and textures, in a way that seems disturbing,” such is the portrait of Gueorgui Pinkhassov drawn by his friend Paul Bruton, editor of the Magnum agency. A photographic reporter, Pinkhassov is fascinated by light and the interactions that it creates. In his series, he explores the world and its unique details, through reflections or special lighting. His first book, Sightwalk (1998), thus shows Tokyo in twenty-five images, bathed in a diaphanous light, or just the opposite, in highly contrasted half-light with dark silhouettes. Nordmeer (2006), his latest book, explores the mysterious world of the North Sea through images depicting limitless zones of water and snow, stretching out on starry summer nights or in the diurnal darkness of winter.

Born in Moscow in 1952, Gueorgui Pinkhassov studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow from 1969 to 1971. Until 1980, he worked for the Mosfilm agency. In 1978, he entered the Moscow Union of Graphic Artists, obtained the status of an independent artist and was hired as a set photographer during the filming of Andrei Tarkovski’s Stalker. In 1985, he moved to Paris, and became a member of the Magnum agency three years later. He then worked for many periodicals (Geo, Grand Reportage and The New York Times Magazine). He has won prestigious prizes, including the Bourse de la Ville de Paris, the World Press Photo grant, and he received the Design Award of Excellence in the United States.

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