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"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

b. 1952


Based in Paris, France


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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 and then as a set photographer.

In 1978 Pinkhassov joined the Moscow Union of Graphic Arts and obtained the status of an independent artist. His work was noticed by the prominent Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who invited Pinkhassov to the set to make a reportage about his film Stalker (1979).

Pinkhassov moved permanently to Paris in 1985. He joined Magnum Photos in 1988. He works regularly for the international press, particularly for Geo, Actuel and The New York Times Magazine. His book, Sightwalk, explores individual details, through reflections or particular kinds of light, often approaching abstraction.

A discussion of Pinkhassov’s work on Instagram recently appeared in the New York Times, in an article penned by Teju Cole.


1971 Cinematography, Superior Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Moscow, Russia


1995 Bourse de la Ville de Paris
1993 World Press Photo (artistic category award)
1993 Society of News Design Award of Excellence, USA


2008 Just light like, Centre of Contemporary Art, Winzavod, Moscow
2007 L’Image d’Après, Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France
1988 Center of Photography, Geneva, Switzerland
1988 Asie Centrale – Galerie Picto, Paris, France
1987 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1979 Maison des Hommes de Lettres, Moscow, Russia
1979 Tour Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn, Estonia


2006 Nordmeer, Mare, Germany
1998 Sightwalk, Phaidon Press, UK

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Selected works


Sightwalk: Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s First Book

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Lyrical images of the Magnum photographer's wanderings through the streets of Tokyo in the Nineties

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Most Recent

Arts & Culture

Marseille’s City Light

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Theme | 12 Stories

The France Project

Arts & Culture

Stories of the City: A Magnum exhibition on the Paris Metro

Magnum Photographers

Current Exhibition
Brescia, Italy

Magnum’s First/Magnum: La première fois

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Until Jun 11

Theme | 17 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Theme | 6 Stories

On Photography: Magnum Photos Now

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

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Oct 31 - Nov 4

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Magnum Photos Gallery at Paris Photo 2016

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Until Nov 13, 2016

Theme | 4 Stories


Theme | 9 Stories

Style & Fashion

Past Workshop
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Magnum Caravan Brazil – Paraty & Rio de Janeiro

Gueorgui Pinkhassov
Sep 17 - 26

Past Exhibition
Lucca, Italy

Magnum on Set Exhibition

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Until Nov 13, 2016

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

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Until Aug 19, 2016

Arts & Culture

A New Look at Urban Mobility

Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

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Jun 6 - 11

Past Square Print Sale
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An Image That Changed Everything

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Jun 8 - 12

Arts & Culture

Celebrating 150 Years of Reda’s Luxury Wool Production

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Theory & Practice

Magnum Contact Sheets

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UBS: Ways of Seeing

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Theory & Practice

Georgian Spring

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