Description

In 1996, Gueorgui Pinkhassov spent three weeks in Tokyo, working on assignment for the EU Japan Committee. The brief was minimal, only asking photographers to “render a vision of the city that they are discovering for the first time, to let themselves be seduced by the charm so peculiar to this city, to the excess of contrasts and the ambiguity of options”.

In his signature style, Pinkhassov presents a Tokyo bathed in a surreal, reflective glow: “I refer to myself as a hunter… I’m chasing light, and by looking for reflection, somehow I can express my creativity.”

My work is pure improvisation, I am always very spontaneous

Gueorgui Pinkhassov
© Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos

Gueorgui Pinkhassov was born in Moscow in 1952. His 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 and joined Magnum Photos three years later. 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.

Get Magnum news and updates directly to your inbox

Stay in touch
Stay up to date every Thursday with Magnum photographers’ activities, new work, stories published on the Magnum website, and the latest offerings from our shop.
Be the first to know about recent Magnum Shop drops. From new books and limited editions, to special offers, you can find it all on the weekly Magnum Shop newsletter.
Get fortnightly tips and advice articles, find out about the latest workshops, free online events and on-demand courses.
Learn about online and offline exhibitions, photography fairs, gallery events, plus fine print news and activities, on a monthly basis.
Know when our quarterly 7-day square print sale is coming.
Monthly updates on the latest assignments, photographer projects and collaborations with brands.