Pierre Gonnord was born in France in 1963. He is a self-taught photographer who now lives and works in Madrid. Pierre Gonnord is celebrated for his photographs of marginal individuals, including Gypsies, punks and immigrants from Eastern Europe. He observes, "I choose my contemporaries in the anonymity of the big cities because their faces, under the skin, narrate unique, remarkable stories about our era. Sometimes hostile or distant, almost always fragile behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and another concept of beauty. I also try to approach the unclassifiable, timeless individual, to suggest things that have been repeated over and over since time began."
Gonnord has had numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including the Maison Europeene de la Photographie (Paris 2005), Case Asia (Barcelona 2006), the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla (2006), El Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander (2007), the Centre of Photography / University of Salamanca (2008). In 2005/6 Gonnord was invited to be a resident of the Cite des Arts in Paris. In 2012, the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Atlanta will invite Pierre Gonnord to complete a residency and a series of photographs, using local American southerners as his subjects. This residency will be followed by an exhibition.
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