Published by La Fábrica/Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente. Interview by Carmen Fernández Ortiz.
French-born, Madrid-based photographer Pierre Gonnord (born 1963) has spent a great deal of time among the gypsy communities of Spain, particularly those in Seville and Perpignan. "In such a strong and marked community, it is hard to arrive and take pictures immediately," he observes, and after an extended period of acclimatization, Gonnord was accepted by his subjects and permitted to photograph them. "The people I met were extraordinary. There was a real exchange, in silence, trust and intimacy." Deeply painterly, Gonnord’s photographs draw on the Spanish tradition of portraiture established by Ribera and Velázquez, cloaking their subjects in dark, sober backdrops and bathing their features in a light that draws out every expressive crease and wrinkle with dignity rather than intrusive scrutiny. This volume gathers Gonnord’s widely exhibited gypsy series for the first time.
Madrid-based photographer Pierre Gonnord (born 1963) is well known for his portraits of marginal individuals and subcultures in Europe, such as gypsies, punks and immigrants from Eastern Europe--“sometimes hostile or distant, almost always fragile behind the opacity of their masks,” as Gonnord characterizes them.
Pierre Gonnord (born 1963) is celebrated for his photographs of marginal individuals or groups, such as punks, gypsies and immigrants from Eastern Europe. He observes of his subjects: “Sometimes hostile or distant, almost always fragile behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and another concept of beauty.” This PhotoBolsillo volume introduces his work to English-speaking audiences.