"The power of our Muse lies in her meaninglessness. Even the style
can turn one into a slave if one does not run away from it, and then
one is doomed to repeat oneself. The only thing that counts is
curiosity. For me personally, this is what creativity is about. It
will express itself less in the fear of doing the same thing over
again than in the desire not to go where one has already been."
Gueorgui Pinkhassov joined Magnum Photos in 1986 and became a full
Member in 1994.
French/Russian, b. Moscow 1952
Gueorgui 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, then as a set photographer.
In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and was
awarded independent artist status. His work was noticed by the
prominent Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited
Pinkhassov to work on the set of his film Stalker (1979). In the
same year some of his images were included in a group exhibition of
Soviet photographers held in Paris, where they attracted attention.
Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He worked for the
international press, particularly for Geo, Grand Reportage and the
New York Times Magazine, but covering events did not interest him.
As his first book, Sightwalk, proves, Gueorgui Pinkhassov prefers to
explore individual details, through reflections or particular kinds
of light, often approaching abstraction. He has been a member of
Magnum Photos since 1994.