1651304411 Quote of the Week by Gueorgui Pinkhassov
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Quote of the Week by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

1651304409 129 Quote of the Week by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

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“Figuratively speaking, photography is a preservative. It stops time. The way you stop it, the moment you choose, the idea you put into it … Photography documents. I don’t want to use platitudes, but to me, it’s first of all the testimony of a moment. I want to freeze the time, to preserve it.” —Gueorgui Pinkhassov (1952)

Gueorgui Pinkhassov is known for his vivid art-reportage, which elevates the every day to the extraordinary. Born in Moscow, Pinkhassov’s interest in photography began while he was still at school. After studying cinematography at the VGIK (The Moscow Institute of Cinematography), he went on to work at the Mosfilm studio as a cameraman, and then as an on-set photographer. He joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Artists in 1978, which allowed him more freedom to travel and exhibit internationally. His work was soon noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited him to make a reportage about his film Stalker (1979). He joined Magnum Photos in 1988. Today, he works regularly for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and The New York Times Magazine.


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